|At least my hair was tucked up in a hairnet and I had a belt on.
Thankfully my chiro was able to come out on Monday and adjust the mare. I was at work, but from the note she left me McKenna was pretty sore on the whole left side of her body. Her poll, neck, and hips were dropped left and out. Tuesday we got new sand in the indoor, so I just turned McKenna out to run around. Wednesday I just lunged her because I had forgotten the western trainer was coming out to the barn to do lesson and ran out of time to ride. So after having 9 days off I was worried I'd have an explosive pony to deal with.
|Or possibly light my horse's ass on fire
|What "not" to do
As long as I pretended I couldn't ride, or rode like a soup sandwich, McKenna stayed relaxed and quiet. But as soon as I tried to equitate, or got stiff and unfollowing with my body, her head would shoot up and she'd get stiff and strong. It was weird to think about doing the opposite of what I "should" be doing, but we had a nice 25 minute walk-trot ride where she didn't get explosive or try to drag my arms out of their sockets. We even had moments where she was stretching down and seeking the contact. I think my problem is that I get so focused on getting her round, having my shoulders back, heels down, chin up, soft hands and elbows....I forget about actually riding my horse and doing what she needs. Sometimes both riders and horses just need a super relaxed, go with the flow ride. My plan for today is going to be the same and we'll see if we can continue this into our canter work.
|McKenna's more interested in eating the phone than taking selfies