I brought my boyfriend to take notes for me, knowing that historically my memory is not good enough for more than a few snippets. As fate would have it, I definitely needed these notes to help jog my memory about the various comments and insights.
– travels narrow (“ropewalks”) in back – actually, both in front & in back. Knew she did it behind, was unaware it was also occurring in front. Huh! I have absolutely no idea how this affects movement or really anything at all, though.
– appears more stiff at right shoulder/leg (or possibly left hind). I’d noted this, a barefoot trimmer had noted this, and this was one of my primary reasons for having a professional out to evaluate. Confetti definitely has a range of normal, and four years in I have a pretty good sense for what it is most of the time. This is something that is relatively new, not more than 3-4 months.
– slight delay right front at the trot, slight unevenness there. I.. missed this. Completely. I did not feel it, but we didn’t trot much.. and we’ve been working so inconsistently I don’t know how long it could have been there.. and now I feel like I broke my horse? I didn’t even realize this was noted at the evaluation – I’m just seeing this in his notes now. Ugh.
– pelvis slightly off to the right
– right front hoof has some twist – try to shift some of that away from the right
– stoic! I’ve been told this before: normal horses give some sort of release, cues, etc. Fetti seems to really resist that at first, though she did give more as the session went on – but even then, sometimes her ‘hm, grass now?’ had to qualify as a release.
– toes out more left than right
– tends to collapse on the right side
– should practice stretching the right side up while on the horse
– needs to not force her heels down
So: pony and I are totally fine (comparatively!) on the left, and need some work on the right. Ack.
I am curious about the RF unevenness. It’s not something we’ve consciously battled before, and my gut feeling is that it probably ties in to the excessive resting of the LH and trying to drop all her RF weight on me when holding that foot. I know there was something going on there. I don’t know, clinically, what it was. I’m not yet concerned enough to pull a lameness vet out for diagnostics – but I will be keeping an eagle eye on how that progresses. If she stops leaning on me on that leg and vets through with no RF/LH comments in our next ride, perhaps then some of the worry will subside.