Thursday, May 15, 2014

Wishful Thinking

Several weeks ago Mollie became very fussy anytime I touched the left side of her mouth.  If we were just cruising around with little to no contact she was fine, but the second I took any sort of hold on the left rein she would really brace into it/contort her body.  While I chalked it up to Red-Headed-Mare-Syndrome the first time or two, I started to think it could be something else.  While Molls is certainly opinionated it wasn't a typical evasion for her, and the triggers seemed very consistent.

Our vet was out two weeks ago for her second round of spring shots, so I brought the issues up then, and she agreed it would be a good idea to have her teeth done.  So by 9:05 am yesterday, Molls looked like this:

Drunk pony is drunk.
The good news is, Mollie's teeth are in great shape.  The bad news is, this doesn't solve any problems.  Granted, she is a super sensitive horse and the vet did find a few "points" that could have been irritating her, but nothing crazy alarming.  On the plus side, the vet manipulated her jaw before and after the floating to see how her teeth moved against each other, etc. and Mollie had a much better range of motion after the float, despite the vet not thinking anything drastic was going on.  While Molls was drugged up she also got her up-the-nose strangles vaccine because she hates it so much. 

It will be a few weeks before I can really tell if the float made a difference, and in the meantime I'm also scheduling a visit from the chiropractor so she can be adjusted.  She does have a history of being tight in her poll/TMJ so the vet thought that might be playing a factor as well.  After Molls sobered up I hopped on with my super kewl clip on reins for a walk around the arena, and then outside.  Once again the WonderPony impressed everyone with her level headed-ness.  They all can't believe I can ride her around the "scary" woods in a halter, and then open/close gates from her back in the same contraption.  She's the best :)

Ugly neck is ugly.

And since I took the day off from work for this little appointment, I figured stopping at the beach before going home is in order.  I always forget just how lucky I am to have this view 10 minutes from my horse until I'm there in the middle of the day on a Wednesday in May and there's not a soul around.

I may or may not have forgotten a towel or chair, but luckily had a saddle pad in my trunk.  The epitome of equestrians getting shit done right here ;)


  1. Love the saddle pad as a beach towel! Hopefully the float fixed her right up.

  2. Haha, love the saddle pad! ;)

    I have those reins! Love horses than you can just get on and go with, who needs contraptions and gimmicks? ;)

  3. Haha. I love the saddle pad towel ;)

    And glad Mollie is doing well - hopefully you'll find out what is going on with her!