Dear Mr. Kitty –
My apologies for using you as my clipping guinea pig. You see, I found a pair of cheap very *old* clippers and wanted to see if they were a waste of my money, like my last *very old* ones were that I purchased. Right on the box it said “small animal” clippers, and even though you are very fat…..I mean “substantial” you are still technically a small animal and there you were just staring at me sitting on your stool.
Please accept my deepest apologies and please to not feel like you need to retaliate by destroying yet another part of my apartment.
I jogged with Farley ~30 minutes last night and she looked good. And strong. I’m starting to think the only reason we used to go the same pace was because she was sore…..Maybe I should invest in a pair of roller blades and just ski behind her? I tacked her up and rode for ~10 minutes at a walk in the arena afterwards and BOY does she feel GOOD. What a difference! Back a’swinging, light, responsive, and REALLY moving off that hind end.
Regarding the wither soreness – It was present on Tuesday morning, with the right side being more sore. Tuesday evening it was completely gone. I checked my saddle fit and the saddle appears to still be fitting properly. I have a couple of thoughts.
- I saw the same study as AareneX and as a result I do 90% of my mounting from a mounting block, fence, pickup truck etc. Don’t want to tweak her little back (or mine)! The 10% I do mount from the ground I do equally from both sides. I also don’t require her to stand still while I mount. I feel like she can use her motion to help balance my mounting, which causes less strain, so I let her. So….based on all this I’m thinking mounting is not the major factor in this.
- My saddle may need to be reflocked. I have to have it shipped out to do it and I keep putting it off because of my competition schedule. I don’t have a second saddle that fits Farley and I can’t afford another used Solstice (~$1200 average) right now. I’ve been looking for a used broadback thorowgood dressage saddle because I think it might work in the interm while I send this off for reflocking etc….but haven’t found one used for a good price. Txtrigger had a very good suggestion of contacting the dealer for the ACS and seeing if they might rent or loan me a replacement while I have the work done on it.
- It might be my riding. I rode ATROCIOUSLY at the end of the 100. And I mean atrociously. I was embarrassed. However, it’s been almost 6 weeks….so maybe, maybe not? My centered riding lesson was very good at identifying the crookedness in my riding and I’ve really been working on it. I may start asking for feedback with people I ride with on what looks uneven while we trail ride.
- It might be compensation pain. The fact that it dissapeared 36 hours after the hock injections seems to support this. I’ll have to see if it reappears as we return to regular work.
So there’s my ideas. Got any other theories? It’s gone for now and I’ll be watching carefully for it’s return. It will be interesting to see if that particular pain returns at exactly the same time her hocks need to be reinjected….also if anyone local wants to let me use their solstice wide while I get my reflocked….I’m all ears! (I know – yeah right!)