No matter how hard we try to keep our horses safe, accidents happen. Just in the last month, we've worked on Buddy, who slipped on some ice, Cloud, who got into a fight with a gate, and then there is CC.
This beautiful mare was in a lunging accident a few years ago. She flipped and fractured the bones in her withers. Since then, she has developed bad arthritis; she is very sweet, but is also very quick to let you know that she doesn't feel good. Bite attempts and half-hearted kicks were not unusual for her. I've had the pleasure of massaging CC twice now and it has been effective. Her caretaker and I can see the differences in not only her physical being, but also in her attitude and outlook on life, as well.
Today the farrier came for her trim; he had not seen her since she started her bi-monthly massages. His reaction is one that I will never forget:
"I don't normally believe in all the massage stuff, but I can pick this mare's leg up further today than I have ever been able to. Whatever you are doing is working. The last time I was able to pick up both of her back legs was when the vet had drugged her".
My heart is about to explode!