As a dear friend told me when I vented about Dreamy's seemingly overnight loss of cantering ability, "that's the beauty in retraining an ex-racehorse!"
I am having to dig pretty deep to find the beauty here folks. ;-)
UGGGG. Not a good day. That wonderful canter at my lesson on July 15? Yup, it is gone. :(
I am kicking myself that I had the chiro work done on July 16. Now, don't get me wrong, Dr. J is great. He found a TON of stuff going on with Dreamy and I am sure all the adjustments certainly helped her in some ways. There is now more freeness (is that a word?) and swinging in her back. Bending does seem a bit easier to the left. But to the RIGHT? Her bending is worse.
And we lost the canter. :(
I gave her the 2 days off like he said. Then rode Sat. and she was awful. So I lunged her on Sunday after the driving show because I was being lazy. Canter seemed OK on the lunge line......and actually she was pretty good. I only rode once this past week because of the rain. And when I did get on, I only walked and trotted because it was really slippery.
This afternoon I rode and literally we are back to May in terms of the canter. It is absolutely horrendous. She could not even pick up the right lead (usually her best side!) and she paced and paced and paced.....and paced. :( :( :(
My thought is that she had figured out how to move (canter) in a way for her body to compensate for the way her pelvis and all were "twisted"..... and then we went and changed her body. So now she needs to figure out how to use her NEW body! UGGGGG! This Sunday at SMDA should be interesting....
I know this is what happens in training. And perhaps the chiro work has nothing to do with it. But regardless, I am just so upset and feel like all my work in the past 2 months is gone.
OK, I know I am being melodramatic.
I emailed my instructor and vented to her. It made me feel a little better. She may be at the SMDA show to watch. I told her she could hand me a Kleenex.