Then my trainer thought maybe because I'm much shorter than her, maybe where my leg sits on him was causing discomfort; either a sore rib or possibly ulcers. When she got on without lowering the stirrups from where I ride Cupid still went for her but was noticeably unhappier, with his head up in the air and tail swishing.
We also tried taking his saddle off to see if that was bothering him. Though the saddle fitter looked at it a few months ago, Cupid has put on some muscle so it was possible that it was not fitting him as well. My trainer got on bareback and trotted him a little. I got on and.... Cupid doesn't want to go. It was quite frustrating - my trainer telling me to make him go forward and Cupid not listening, all the while not sure if he was trying to tell me he is hurting or if he was just being a total brat. I got a few steps trot out of him, and gave him a lot of praise. My trainer told me to trot him once more, it took a few tries and I was getting very frustrated again, but finally a few steps and we ended on that.
The chiropractor appointment was a little later that same morning, so when she came I told her what was happening. She started the examination, everything looked good (better than usual even) until she got to his back. She determined he was very sore in his 14th and 15th vertebrae, and showed me where you could feel a little swelling. She made some adjustments and recommended giving Cupid a week off from riding (turnout and lunging are okay, just no weight on his back). She thought he should feel better in a week, but if not then try him on bute and see if that helps; if not then further diagnosis in order.
|Waiting for our appointment|
|Pink for areas that needed adjustment, yellow for problem areas|