|It doesn't get much better than this!|
After methodically brushing every inch of his thickening coat, and every strand of his mane and tail, I was already feeling the horsie time glow (or, was that just the coating of white hairs all over me reflecting the sunlight?). We set off on the Spirit Mountain trails, for both the first and the last time this year. The trails have been so wet when I have had time to ride, that we have done more road riding than anything this year.
The grass is still green and the hills are still steep, and we took our time going up and down, Rhio munching and me drinking in the blue sky and creamy pale orange of the newly turning maples. There is so much color this time of year - the palette of early fall is mesmerizing. With Kelso and a few songbirds for company, we made a loop around the trails and ventured back to the barn just in time to meet C for Rhio's chiropractic adjustment.
|Puddle water is the tastiest, of course, and,yes, the sky really was that blue!|
I had previously noticed a mildly alarming 'clunking' noise when Rhio ate; luckily, the dentist was already coming the following week. Although I was not there for his dental work, it was reported to me that his right side jaw and neck were really tight (no surprise- his right side is always his problem side) and the dental issues he had were relatively mild. Also, they could not elicit the 'clunking.' Enter plan B for elucidating, or at least eliminating, the 'clunking' - chiropractic and acupuncture treatment of course! C was able to squeeze Rhio in for an adjustment a week later when I was home, and she also found plenty of "stuff" on the right.
|This is what happens when you are trying to take a pic with one hand, while holding your horse's lead rope for a chiro adjustment in the other. Neat angle, though!|
|Yup, work on the right side.|
|Oh, yeah - that's the tight spot!|
|Some of Rhio's needles - see the bent and twisted ones? Sometimes that is due to muscle movement while the needles are in place, and sometimes it is due to a big energetic Qi release at the needle.|
|Rhio shows off how well the right side of his neck bends for his 'carrot stretches.' Treat hound!|