This morning, his neck and shoulder seemed less tight, and he walked a bit better - stride a bit longer and more confident. Not back to normal, but better. Tonight I may try rubbing a bit of arnica gel on the area to help with the soreness.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Jean at Horses of Follywoods had a good suggestion on how to help Noble feel better - she thought it might be his neck, and that stretches might help. I did some of that last night and also did some massage, looking for knots and crampy spots. And, in fact, he had a large cramped area at the base of the right side of his neck right above his shoulder blade and below the withers. I did a lot of massage and pressure application on his whole neck starting at the poll, particularly focussing on the tightest areas. He seemed to really appreciate it, and stood ground-tied for the whole thing. When I led him off, he seemed to be walking less stiffly already. I turned him out in a small paddock to walk around for a bit, so he wouldn't stiffen back up, and then took him to our arena, thinking he might like to roll in the sand, but when I let him go, he just followed me around!