It’s been a week of ups and downs in the horse world. The bad news is my Lexi Girl is having some back trouble. The good news is my coach Tessa was on the ball in diagnosing the issue. We were having difficulty last Thursday, our ride wasn’t going well. Tessa offered to get on her to see what the issue was. With her expertise she was able to quickly determine that Lexi was having pain and that it would be a good idea to get her chiropractor Shauna out. The downside was that we wouldn’t be able to ride in the clinic we were scheduled for on the weekend. While I was disappointed, my first concern was getting Lexi back on track. I was so grateful Tessa felt the same and genuinely cares about my girl’s well being. We are fortunate to benefit from her knowledge and experience along with her genuine love of our equine friends. I am also grateful to Shauna who came out first thing Tuesday to treat my girl. She said that Lexi had some issues in her ribs and back. Her expertise and care for my girl is greatly appreciated.

We let Lexi rest for a couple of days and I went out for Thursdays lesson to see how she was feeling. Tessa said she may need more than one treatment. We would have to see how it goes. Tessa said to start her slow at a walk and go both directions and see how she went. She seemed comfortable so we brought her up to a trot and Tessa’s experienced eye quickly saw that Lexi was feeling some pain. She felt that it might be too much too soon, so suggested we take the saddle off and try some bareback. It’s a good learning experience for me and something Lexi can do without causing her pain or damage. I was game!

What a different experience it was to ride bareback. At first I felt a little vulnerable and awkward. Tessa led Lexi for me until I got the feel then I was able to take the reins and take Lexi around the arena on my own. Feeling her movement was amazing. I could steer her strictly with my legs. She was so responsive! To the left, to the right, in a circle, step to the side! Wow! I didn’t need the reins at all! She is such a great horse.

So while my awesome team of horsewomen work to get my Lexi 100% again, thanks to my innovative coach, I will spend some time with my Lexi Girl learning to ride bareback and getting to know her better.

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