It was a short but good week for Nelly:
Because it's never fun to assume horses are familiar with loading in a slant load trailer & have loading or unloading trouble when you have somewhere to get to, we spent some time practicing to ensure we wouldn't have any issues when it was time to get on the road. Nelly did relatively well. She was a bit resistant at first, but it didn't take long to send her onto the trailer. She was a little nervous about shutting the slant but was more confident with repetition. She backed off quite well.
On Tuesday, we went up to see Jen at Knotty Equine. As I suspected, we found some things that likely explain her head shaking & lack of desire to lope under saddle that you've experienced. She had some cranial nerve impingement, some cervical vertebrae out, & a bladder spasm. She noticed that the muscling in her shoulders is a bit overdeveloped due to compensation. Jen gave me a few exercises/stretches to work on to continue to help Nelly. She also suggested doing a round of UniPrim to knock out the possibility of a bladder infection, so I'll get some of that ordered next week.
- Lexy Nuesch
Next week's update will be posted on Friday.
I do my best to get these updates posted in a timely manner, but it's not uncommon for me to be outside until after dark, depending on the weather, my schedule, & who gets worked when so updates will sometimes be posted quite late in the evening. Don't be alarmed if you don't see your update right away. In rare cases, I may have to push them until the next morning, but I'll reach out & let you know if so.