Dr. Deb Powell (www.hoofandpawtherapeutics.com) came to visit last week and Gwen was on her list. She spent at least an hour going over every inch of her body looking for any issues, places of soreness and existing problems. She only found 2 minor issues – 1. Her topline muscles are very weak, which we already figured and 2. Her right shoulder was tight, which should improve with some stretches and strength. Gone was the soreness that Lisa Brewer found on the left side during the massage she gave her. That must’ve been related to the trailer accident. Good to know!
We have also been graced by the kindness of two individuals. One a stranger (becoming a friend) and one already a good friend. Melissa Kapuszcak, a very kind lady I’ve never met before, saw my posts on the “Camelot – New Beginnings” page and offered us her very first saddle that was purchased for her by her grandfather. She sent it to us and it looks like it will fit Gwen well. So, we have a jumping saddle. Then my good friend Vicki Chen has loaned me her old County dressage saddle that also works well. Both these ladies have very strong emotional ties to their saddles as they were for beloved horses. But they both are kind and giving and want to help Gwen and for that I am very grateful.
So, with no physical issues and two good saddles, we were ready to get to work! On Tuesday I had the best ride on Gwen yet. As we were trotting around I could feel she wanted to canter. Debra could see it too. So, I encouraged her on a bit, got into a half-seat and kissed to her. She cantered right off with no ear pinning or bucking! I was very excited. Now, it seems that cantering and steering may be mutually exclusive at this point, but that will come. I was just thrilled that she wanted to canter and wasn’t at all defensive about it. It means she is starting to trust me in the saddle and understands that I’m not going to yank on her mouth or slam on her back. Debra then got on her for the first time and walked around on her. Gwen was a really, really good girl. We were very proud of her.
I was excited to come back and ride her again on Thursday to build on that good day, but unfortunately, overnight Gwen stepped on her front foot and tore off part of the bulb of her heel. Apparently she wasn’t getting enough attention! She will be fine, but she gets a few days off for it to heal. I will be on vacation next week so I’ll look forward to riding her when I get back.