April 18th: Today was the day scheduled for the fitter!! Got out to the barn as fast as I could after classes, then got stuck behind a school bus. But my fitter was there!! And she even got there early! Yay for people who actually want clients!!
We put Libby on the crossties, and I showed her the swelling spot on her withers. She check over my saddle, and started telling me all about why shes uncomfortable from what she could feel just then. My stirrup bars were pointed in towards Libbys back, which was obviously making her really uncomfortable. So she went to her truck, brought out a wrench, and went to town on my stirrup bars, pulling them just far out enough that they wouldn’t bother Libby any longer.
I then got on to try the saddle, now that the stirrup bars were changed a bit. Libby was super lazy, but really good for not being ridden in a while! Worked her for literally five minutes until the fitter stopped me and asked if I sometimes felt my saddle shift, which I do, but I always attributed it to the fact that Libby has no withers and is a round ball. The fitter explained to me that Libbys larger shoulder, her left, is pushing the saddle to the right a bit. And in doing so its rubbing that spot on her left withers where she was swelling. So I got off, and the fitter fiddled a bit with a shim pad, and I got back on. Libby felt more forward, and didn’t swish her tail so much at the right lead canter. Worked her just enough to work up a sweat and then we checked her back. The swelling was a lot less noticeable, so the new plan of action if for me to ride in it with that shim configuration for a week, and let the fitter know how shes doing.
The fitter basically told me that yes, Libby needed a hoop tree, and that while she wouldn’t tell me to not use my saddle on her because the fit was so poor, she scored it at about a 7 on a scale of 1 (being the worst) and 10 (being totally custom). If anything, she explained that this could be our solution for while I’m looking for another option.
Was happy to know there was something I could do to make Libby feel better, and now I had some knowledge as to why that swollen spot is there.
But Libby was tripping quite a bit. Hopefully it’s because shes due for her feet…
April 19th: Got to the barn and it looked like a storm was coming, complete with a slow drizzle. So went inside and got everything out, hoping the rain would stop, which thankfully it did just long enough for us to get a ride in. Tried the new saddle configuration and got on. It wasn’t too hot, and I was only riding for about 15-20 min, per vet instructions, but Libby got super sweaty. She was a good girl riding for the most part, but again tripped behind a bit.
|Waiting for the rain…|
Got off and she was super short in stride, and when I turned her it almost seemed to me like she was off in her left hind. Untacked and hosed her down (no swelling!!) and took some video for you guys. At this point I’m so nervous about everything, that I almost want to just go ahead with the injections. I wish I had a good relationship with my old vet down south so that I could get his opinion, because I just don’t know what to do.
|No wither swelling!|