Equine Massage and Chiropractic

Boy, if this hasn’t been one of the most eventful weeks… And the funny thing is, it’s supposed to be my “down” week!

You see, I’ve been working very hard lately, so my Mommy wanted me to have a week of easy workouts, with a lot of time off. Although I’m in great shape and I’m very healthy, there has been one major change in my life lately: hills.

That’s right, friends. I now have hills in my life, where there were none before.

Now, it may not seem like hills are a big deal, but to tell you the truth, they are! Walking up and down hills is a great exercise, and causes certain muscles to work hard – especially the muscles that haven’t been working hard in the past!

So, being a good Mommy, she decided to give me a light week, and she even had a masseur (a man who gives massages) and a chiropractor come out to poke and prod me!

I got the massage first. I remembered the masseur, because he’d given me a massage once before – a long, long time ago, when I first moved to Tennessee.

The thing about getting a massage is that I never know if I like it or not! At first, it feels bad and I try to pull away; then, as I stretch for a little while longer, it begins to feel good, so I relax… and the more I relax, the better it feels! He kneaded on me with his hands and arms, and stretched me all over the place.

Getting a massage!

Getting a massage!

After my massage, Mommy and I walked around for a while, and she let me graze. Then, I went back into my stall to wait for the chiropractor.

The chiropractor who came to my barn yesterday wasn’t the same human I met last year, when I got my first-ever adjustment, but she was a very good chiropractor. She brought two big blocks to sit and stand on, so she would have enough leverage to put my bones back where they are supposed to be.

Getting a chiropractic adjustment!

Getting a chiropractic adjustment!

Again, it felt bad at first, but when she was done, I felt much better than I have in quite a while. (Though, I have to admit, I’m glad I got today off, because I’m a little sore.) The chiropractor (who is actually a vet, but went to extra years of human-school to learn how to do chiropractic, too) told my Mommy that I was sore in my hips and the “small of my back,” and said that it was likely due to all of  these hills! I’m building new muscles that I didn’t have before, which is a good thing! Of course, jumping is also hard work, even though I love it; horses like me who jump for a living should definitely have regular massages and chiropractic adjustments.

The chiropractor also explained that having a massage before getting an adjustment is helpful, since it makes me feel more relaxed; if my muscles are relaxed, her job is easier, and the adjustment holds longer. Plus, when all is said and done, it’s very enjoyable!

Anyway, I feel good, and I’m excited to get back to work tomorrow! But for now, I think I hear the grain buckets rattling… I’m off to go stand in the doorway of my stall and look cute, so maybe someone sees me and feeds me first! Catch y’all tomorrow!

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