Dawn says the right side of her neck and shoulder are still sore, although she let me do a bit more massaging today. Fortunately, Dr. Alice, our vet/chiropractor, will be coming back on Friday afternoon to do some more work on Dawn. I'm also going to have her work on Maisie, who's got to be somewhat stiff and sore after dealing with her injured hind leg. She'll lose some of the benefit of the work when she's trailering Sunday, but the work will help her get through the ride OK and feel better once she arrives in Tennessee.
I tried a Passier saddle owned by one of our boarders on Dawn - it didn't pass the frown/grimace test and I could tell it didn't fit her in the shoulders. So I rode bareback again. It was cooler and windy today, and we worked on our relaxation and doing a nice slow trot. She did very well, and even showed off for some children who stopped by the arena while we were working. We also did some pattern work around our cones - she's turning very quickly and well just off my head turning and slight pressure from my thighs - I just love how responsive she is. My trot bareback is coming back to me and I feel pretty secure now - I think it won't be long until we're cantering.