|When you feel so good, you stand perfectly square all on your own.|
In addition to being the most perfect rockstar of a foxhunter (more on that fun experience tomorrow!), Dino had his second bodywork/saddle fit appointment yesterday, and his therapist was floored by how much he had changed and improved in just two months' time!
I pulled him out to be muckled, and she exclaimed, "Wow! He doesn't even look like the same pony! He looks great!"
She couldn't believe how much muscle Dino had put on over his entire topline, how his coat had improved, and how much better his overall posture was. After his bodywork, we also re-assessed the saddle fit and took TWO LAYERS OF SHIMS out of his pad! The atrophied spot on the left side of Dino's back is almost completely even with his right side now, and I am beyond thrilled! I wasn't expecting her to see much of a change in him at all, but to see her in awe over Dino's muscling and posture nearly brought tears of joy to my eyes.
|HOLY TOPLINE, BATMAN!! Taken the morning after his bodywork. Still feeling awesome!|
But mostly, I'm just overjoyed with how the work I put into Dino's management continues to help him have a better quality of life. He is 18 and Cushingoid, and part of me is mentally preparing for him to start declining. To stop being able to put on muscle. To only be able to maintain his current strength, training, and fitness instead of improving it. Seeing him make such dramatic improvements in just two months with only one bodywork session, a few felt shims, some happy joint juice, and more alfalfa every day and extra grain on the days he works hard, just fills my heart to bursting. This kind of improvement would be great for any normal, healthy horse. For Dino, it's downright PHENOMENAL. My little WonderPony just keeps getting better and better, against all odds.
I freakin' love this pony, he amazes me every day.