On Tuesday Hemie had his first chiropractic/acupuncture/acupressure appointment with a highly recommended vet. It was a shocking experience for me. In fact, I got a little nauseous and had to sit down halfway through the appointment!
He started with palpations all over the body, quite hard. Hemie expressed a lot of grumpiness and it pained me to see him so bothered. The vet explained that these were specific trigger points that indicate issues in other parts of the body. For example, Hemie showed discomfort at a point in his left shoulder which the vet said indicated a problem in his leg. I admit I was skeptical.
Then the vet did manual therapy, including some very solid yanks and shoves (technical terms, I’m sure). He maneuvered and yanked the left knee, and then palpated the shoulder spot again – no negative reaction! I was impressed.
But I must say it was hard to watch. And listen to, with the sound of joints popping left and right! Seriously if he hadn’t been (a) a vet, and (b) come highly recommended by people I trust and respect, I would have flipped out and told him to stop. Hemie didn’t seem bothered by the therapy though. After the manual therapy the vet did all the palpations again, still quite hard, and Hemie showed no sensitivity at all.
Then the acupuncture was performed along specific points of the body. Hemie showed no discomfort with the needles or the B vitamin injections, and in fact looked pretty relaxed and zoned out within a few minutes. The goal is to stimulate specific healing functions in the body.
Overall it was a very unique experience and I’m interested to see how Hemie feels once he’s back in work (the vet gave us recommended rest of days, light work days, etc).
Then I got another jumping lesson on Justin. Happily, I was a much better rider than on Saturday. It helped that we did some courses with short bending lines that forced me to ride in the moment and use instinct and feel. I didn’t have time to get nervous and over-think. Justin was a trooper but did have a few bucks in his system. It was a confidence boost to not only get us through some courses, but deal with the minor shenanigans without issue.
The Universe has been moving things into place in regards to Hemie and me. Opportunities have come up for both of us that are too good, and too timely, to ignore. The details are still being worked out but I hope to have some news in the coming week or so. Thank you again for all the positive thoughts sent our way.