So John and I headed up to the barn first thing Sunday morning. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would there be improvement after his adjustment, would he be ‘cured’, or would I feel those short strides forever.
Of course Tuck was turned out… in the swamp field. Damn it Tucker! It took about 20 minutes of coaxing to get him out. I cringed with every step he took. Don’t pull something, don’t unravel the work the chiropractor did and for god sake don’t pull a shoe!
We made it back to the barn and I hosed off all the mud. I quickly tacked up and we headed to the ring.
The reason why coach G might be seeing a little softness in Tuck is that I haven’t been pushing him. In truth I haven’t been enjoying my rides. It’s no fun when you can’t quite figure out what’s wrong and there’s difficulties to the one direction.
So I got on. And we walked. And I asked him to come forward from behind. And he protested. Which is not concerning, it is Tucker after all, and he likes to put as little effort in as possible.
Then we picked up a trot to the left. And he felt more flowy then he has in a while. Change rein across the diagonal. He took one short step around the bend but I don’t think that he needed to. I’m pretty sure that he only thought he would need to.
He realized that the tightness in his SI joint was gone and didn’t put another hoof wrong.
I rode for 45 minutes, mostly at trot. We worked on figures. And I think we both started to enjoy the proper workout. He was back to his old self going on the bit and bending in both directions.
Not much of a boot camp weekend but we’ll get there. Baby steps.