Riding the Rollercoaster
|Mystery undsoundness is the worst.|
Despite how excited I was that Dino felt so fantastic after his chiropractic adjustment, the day after that first ride back he felt pretty terrible again. Crooked, difficult to connect, hollow, and overall just out of whack. Both his Dr. Auntie and I were disappointed and frustrated, and she advised me to "ride the rollercoaster" just a few days longer to see if we were looking at some kind of pattern.
So, that's what I did, getting on Dino every other day to do 30 minutes of walk work with just a little bit of trot at the end. Encouragingly, after that terrble-feeling ride he continued to improve day by day. He got MUCH easier to connect and straighten, more willing to move forward, kept his back up and legs under him more and more consistently, and overall felt much more comfortable through his body as the days went on.
|Thankfully he's kept most of his muscle!|
Even though Dino was definitely showing improvements, he was still more tentative to engage going to the right, especially on smaller turns. So, we decided to go ahead and inject the right stifle, which had been bothering him in addition to all of the full-body crookedness. My thinking was that if we could eliminate discomfort in any part of his body, it would go a long way to getting his body back to a healthy state of pain-free balance!
|Literally could not hold his own head up without resting his chin in the feeder.|