Every horse comes with a journey, wether we are prepared for it or not.
My journey with Larry has been incredible. He has been with me for just over two years. I put his first ride on him and his training has come along really nice. He has been a happy, healthy, easy keeper, low-maintenance guy with the occasional study behavior. I am considering him as stud prospect to show and then to eventually cover mares. We are currently waiting for the results of his DNA and 5 panel disease test. I regret not doing this sooner. I would like the test to come back negative on all 5 panels.
About mid-December I noticed a change in Larry that was not like him. While riding he wasn't working like his normal self. He was restricted one direction and he was not completely sound. I couldn't figure out what had happened to him. I unsaddled him there in the arena and turned him loose. He trotted around but didn't roll in the arena dirt, and he didn't play or buck. He was eating and drinking well but looked physically restricted. We got him turned out on pasture and called our chiropractor.
Larry’s appointment with the chiropractor revealed that he was out pretty much everywhere. The first appointment he was adjusted in his left hind leg and hoof, she said that his rear ankles appeared sprained, he was adjusted in his pelvis, lower back, poll, and both shoulders. We concluded that he must have done this overnight since we didn't visually see him do anything out of the ordinary.
That day he looked so much better. After a few days off, I rode him. He was better but not back to himself. I noticed a decline in him again. We scheduled the chiropractor to come back. This second appointment found a deep adjustment in his neck and wither area. It took a lot to get it adjusted, however once she got it Larry immediately let down, breathed deep and showed a huge relief. He had just a few more adjustments that day before she said that was enough for one day on him. She requested that she sees him every two weeks until he his holding his adjustments and back to himself.
Larry has been a patient of hers for maintenance over a year now, she knows him well. During this last month Larry has had time off in a pasture. Over the last few days, I have noticed a huge amount of growth in him. I am looking forward to his improvement and slowly bringing him back into riding and hopefully some showing!
I have hope that he will recover from this unexpected hurdle, he is such a nice horse. Because this is the February journal, I have written this column mid January. You can follow his journey on Facebook ( Laid Back Larry ) or on Instagram ( LazyKat ).