The fitter widened the gullet 2 sizes and Henry was a lot happier. I felt an immediate difference on the flat, and he finally felt amazing over jumps. He was still anticipating pain over some fences, but he was jumping so well.
Yesterday the physio came out to visit. Sadly I couldn't be there to meet her, however Andrew was and gave me the full report. She checked him over throughly, spent a lot of time assessing him before doing some massage and dry needling. She wasn't overly concerned about his wither, he wasn't very reactive there. She did dry needle his quarters which is where he is often sore and Andrew said he loved it! Hi lip goes crazy when he gets a massage and he was doing the same with the needling.
The physio also ran through some stretches and exercises to do with him, mainly carrot stretches with him on a hill and raised trot poles, especially before we jump. She also suggested after the raised trot poles I back him about 5 strides to help stretch the backs of his legs before we jump.
|Carrot stretches on a hill|
I prefer to use a qualified physio for my horses, and after my last one started focussing more on humans I have been searching for someone with similar qualifications. The new physio a human physio degree and has also completed an animal physio degree in the UK. I have since found out she works with my vet to rehad horses and like to work with farriers and has heard good things about mine (he is the best!) so I think I am on to a winner!