This morning Pie had an appointment to meet the chiropractor. Before she came, we took a short trail ride by ourselves - he was very good although clearly interested in where the barn was. I didn't get any good pictures of his appointment since I was busy holding him. He wasn't too sure what she was up to at first - I'm sure he's never had chiropractic before. When she would "ask" him if something needed doing by touching him, at first he thought she was asking him to do something, such as move in response to pressure. He began to get the idea after a bit and seemed to enjoy it.
First she checked saddle fit - the Rodrigo close contact saddle fits him quite well for now, especially with a somewhat thicker pad. She agreed that it probably didn't make sense to order him a Black Rhino saddle until we are sure he's finished growing (I hope!) and has a chance to fill out a bit. She said he was one of the least messed-up horses physically she'd ever seen - his body is very symmetrical and balanced. She said he was the only horse she could remember ever working on whose Atlas (first neck vertebra), and hence his poll, was completely fine - I suspect this is because his former owner had never messed with his mouth and rode on a completely loose rein, and his teeth haven't been messed up by bad dentistry.
His left lumbar region needed a bit of work - I suspected this from some slight sensitivity he has when grooming. His left stifle needed a bit of work, and this was related to some scar tissue from his castration pulling on the inside of the stifle joint - she says he's young enough that she should be able to relax and mostly dissolve that scar tissue over the course of several treatments. She was able to get a bit done on that today - he objected pretty violently - some kicking - at first, but once he figured out what she was doing, he thought it was a good idea. His upper neck muscles are a bit tight and short - he tends to travel a bit inverted - and she recommended some carrot stretches downwards. Also, once we start our softening work, that should gradually be remedied as he learns to relax and stretch his top line and engage his core. She says that he may or may not need some follow-up work in December depending on what our dentist Mike Fragale has to say at the beginning of the month about the condition of his mouth.
She was very complementary of Pie - his build, feet and legs and his overall soundness and good condition - he had very little that needed working on. She said for a horse of his age - he's only 4 - that he is remarkably level-headed, sensible and smart - she said he has a good mind, and I would agree!
Two things arrived today - his new certificate of registration showing the transfer of ownership, and my new sidepull from Buckeroo Leather. I am delighted with the quality of the workmanship and appearance of the sidepull, and the company's responsiveness was also excellent. I also got a matching set of reins (ties, no Chicago screws or buckles for me). Here is the sidepull - I got the optional jowl strap to help keep it in place:
Tomorrow, weather permitting, Pie and I will get to try it out - I'm very excited!