I am soooooo happy!
Now, for clarification about Moon's adjustment...
No sore spots, stiffness or damage. His spine is straight, strong and he has superior and equal limberness on both sides. Moon showed no reaction to the flexion test in his left hock and only the slightest of reactions to the flexion test to his left stifle. He had no reaction to his flexion test on his right stifle and again, the slightest of reactions to the flexion test on his right hock. The vet was amazed at how straight and true Moon traveled.
Now, you may ask, what exactly was the reason I thought he might need an adjustment?
Three years ago, I let my niece run Moon at a couple of rodeos and she is not the greatest of riders. She let him run strung out, which of course Moon took full advantage of. At the last rodeo, he left the gate in the wrong lead and when he went to switch leads at 1st barrel, he hung his toes in the deep wet sand and pulled both stifle muscles. He was out for nearly a year recovering. It was actually thanks to Mrs Mom and some very specific exercises that she gave me that helped to bring him back the next spring. Hats off to you MM!!
Every since then, I have often wondered if Moon did not also rotate his hips when that happened. I could never see any indication that that was so, but Moon is a stoic horse. He has little reaction to day in and day out work. He is equally well-leaded and changing leads is supremely easy for him. Annoyingly so. Due to the way he travels, it was really difficult to tell if he was just being annoying with his natural tendency to want to flip his hindquarters out or if he was actually in pain and he was just trying to get things done as easily as possible.
The answer is...
He was for the most part, just being the major pain in the butt he is.
The vet was able to get the smallest of pops out of his left hip and two equally small pops out of his sacreal. She said it may free him up some, but probably minimally, if it was at all noticeable. Mostly, it probably just felt good at the time-LOL.
One other little thing has bothered me about Moon the last couple of years as well. When riding in the pasture, he has the most annoying habit of hanging his head off to the right. Always too the right. Again, it's one of those things that nothing other than that tiny detail was telling me he was 'out' anywhere. Moon really likes to turn around and go back the way he came, so I contributed a lot of that to being annoyingly concerned about going home. But I wondered...
The vet found one good pop in Moon's neck on the right side and a corresponding pop in his poll on the left side. He is slightly stiffer in his neck flexion to the left than he is to the right.
Again, nothing major and the vet said that I may or may not notice a difference, but that I should work specifically on neck stretches in both directions until Moon can comfortably bend his head, while it is perpendicular to the ground, to at least slightly past his shoulder. Preferably his hip, but that will take some time.
Hmmm...I have been wanting to add some flax to Moon's diet, guess I will be investing in some of those flax treats.
The rest of Moon's leg flexions were perfect. No sign of anything.
The vet was very complementary of my farrier...
LOL-That would be me.:-)
She loved the fact that I run my horses barefoot.
She was also very impressed with Moon's manners and the ease of which he handled all of the manipulations(He was on his very best behavior.:-), so we had a great conversation about training well rounded individuals and what a difference it makes. I love being able to show people that not all barrel horses need to be super-freaks and Moon is a fine ambassador.
The only thing the vet said is that she wished he had more padding on his hindquaters.
Me too sister...Me too. I just don't think that is in the cards for Moon. We will continue to work on figuring out a way to get him to fill up back there, but I'm not going to worry myself sick about that anymore. The horse is what he is.