Pony is unfortunately still off. The massage has helped, but not as much as I would have hoped. After not being ridden for a few days, she's back to being just as stiff as she was before. With my trainers help, I'm going to do a flexion test on her, to make sure that there's no underlying lameness that bothers her but isn't obvious normally, I just want to rule out any other options before I get the chiropractor out.
I know that there is something bothering her, yesterday I made it out to ride and butted her before I rode. I rode bareback (since that's what I've been doing for the past few weeks, I wanted to make sure to change as little as possible between my previous bad rides and the butted ride). And let me tell you, she was fantastic!!
She was kinda hyper and hot, but totally in a 'I feel good and haven't been worked much in a month' and not 'I'm bracy because something hurts'.
The difference wasn't only obvious to me, it was obvious to other people around as well. Even the BO said she looked good , and he has some scary high standards.
Also, get this, I got her framed up and collected for a whole lap around the arena at a walk. She was trying so hard to be good for me, and this tells me that this problem with her booty has been going on for a while, since I've never gotten her to give to pressure like she did yesterday.
Can anyone think of anything that could be bothering her that doesn't show up as lameness? Something that could change her gaits/riding.
I have though of arthritis, but I honestly don't think that's it. She's 15, which is still relatively young, but also, in terms of riding, she's got pretty few miles on her. She's only been broke to ride for 7 years.
Would arthritis show up in a flexion test?
However, I can tell you that pony is loving her time off, she's been pampered!