Long-time readers may remember that I used to have a chiropractor come out for the Archer. She came out about monthly for several months and then we graduated into the "wellness program" and I was told that I could use her as I needed her.
I've kept up with the things she recommended: alternating the side I mount and dismount from, carrot stretches and "sit-ups". But after moving barns, I just wasn't as interested in having him adjusted. He was great until he wasn't.
My BM mentioned to me some issues she was seeing in a sales horse and I asked if she considered having him adjusted, since the vet found nothing wrong. And I recommended the chiro I'd used, but with heavy warnings that she wasn't my favorite person, but that all horse people are crazy
to an extent.
Last week, the chiro came out and adjusted four horses. She immediately remembered me, remembered Archie, started asking questions about my life since last she saw me, and was 800% more personable than I had led everyone to believe. Hrm. She was pleased that I had kept up with so much, but still had the same personality problem that I didn't like about her last time. For example:
Me: ...X, Y, & Z problems, recently retired from jumping...Or...
Her: Oh, well at 19, he prob-
Her: Oh, well at that age, he probably doesn't need to be jumping anyways. You could still do some crossrails.
Me: ..but the crossrails are what we're retired from. :|
Her: His topline doesn't look that bad, he's not sway-backed, but I would like it built up better. But, you know, at his age...
She found a few things out in his front legs/shoulders, a small spot where the saddle goes (she said every riding horse is out here), but not as much along the spine (testament to the alternate-mounting thing), and in his sacroiliac, which will plague the long-backed horse for the rest of his life. I think. She said we could recheck in 4-6 weeks, but since he isn't having any major problems, he didn't really need it. A couple of the other horses seen have already scheduled for the end of February, but I'm holding off. I'm sorta thinking that pastern already wants more juice.
When you look comparatively at his first visit: