Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Chiropractor Visit - One Good, One Naughty

Both boys had a visit from the chiropractor today, and both boys got blood drawn for their final EPM titers for the clinical trial.  Pie had numerous areas where he was very, very sore - particularly his neck and shoulders, and some spots on his back.  She worked on him for a long time, and although he warned her when she was about to touch an area that was sore by pinning his ears or pawing, he was very good about it and by the end he felt so much better.  I've never seen a horse yawn so much - he was very demonstrative about how good the chiro work felt. We've discontinued using his haynets, since the sideways twisting motion he has to use to get the hay out wasn't helping his neck - he'll be eating his hay off the ground.  I'm hoping that his digestive difficulties are far enough in the past that he'll be OK with that.  His extreme soreness goes a long way towards explaining his very grouchy behavior lately - poor boy was hurting.

Drifter, on the other hand, was not on his best behavior.  He'd been kept waiting a long time in his stall, and then he was alone in the barn while the work was being done (and Pie was outside next to the mares), and he really wasn't feeling too bad to begin with so he wasn't convinced the whole thing was necessary.  His timer had gone off and his patience wasn't there.  When he's outside his comfort zone or loses patience, he still tends to revert to the "bully" behavior that's worked for him in the past. To keep him from running over/through me - completely unacceptable behavior and the rope halter wasn't making the slightest impression on him - I put a chain, wrapped around the halter noseband, on the regular halter.  I didn't hang on him, just made it clear when he tried that running over me wasn't an option.  He was able to stand on a loose lead at that point and got a treat for (finally) good behavior.  When I turned him out in his paddock, he made quite a display - "look how powerful I am!" - bolting and running, bucking, prancing with his tail flagged - he had to put on a show for us.  He's really a beautiful, athletic horse - now if we can just get that energy and enthusiasm working for us . . .

8 comments:

  1. I'm not a huge fan of stud chains but there are times when they are definitely necessary -- and Drifter's behavior qualifies for sure.

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  2. Sounds like just what the doctor ordered. Glad Pie is feeling so much better now that he had his adjustments. Poor guy was sore, no wonder he was such a grump.

    Drifter is a character and must be feeling pretty good to put on a show like he did. Guess they're all ready for their big trip.

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  4. When people scoff that "chiropractic does nothing--it's all in your head," I often think of my horses. Unlike humans, a horse has no preconceived notion about a treatment and does not suffer from the "it's all in your head syndrome." He either feels better or he doesn't.

    All you have to do is see a horse breathe a sigh of relief after a good adjustment, and you have to become a believer. (Same is true of acupuncture.) Animals do not lie about those things.

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  5. I'm really looking forward to following the adventures of the boys in Wisconsin. It sounds like today's visit was great prep for Pie, he was a sore guy!

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  6. WOW..great point about the hay nets. They do tend to crank their neck and yank at them awkwardly don't they. Something for me to remember as I have one for Laz that he uses only a few times a week, for one meal. (usually if it's windy or xtra cold I stuff it, otherwise it's not used and they eat off ground)
    Drifter reminds me of pushy Laz SO much. There are times when he checks out and I have to firmly back him up 10 ft or so to 'remind' him "HELLO" put your brain back in your head. It seems to work, but occasionally the brain walks away. ;) Glad to hear the Chiro did wonders for Pie and perhaps Drifter too who showed it off freely running.

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