Schooling and Adequan. Questions.
This whole sore horse and Adequan thing is new to me. I'm not sure what course of action to take.
The vet was out today and give Harry another adjustment. He's getting much better but is still having left hip/right shoulder issues...in that they need adjusting. The Adequan has made a HUGE improvement not only in his riding, but in his general attitude. He's not cranky in pain and doesn't try to bite me when I put the saddle on...something he DID NOT do 5 years ago when I got him but started doing about 12 months ago.
Vet said go ahead and ride, have fun, enjoy him. And he said the his right canter would be his *problem* canter...harder for him. Last time I rode, his left lead canter (sorry I use that instead of the correct *lope*) was smooth as a glider.
We have gone from not being able to made the transition into the canter at all to perfect one way, not quite perfect the other way.
So... would you work him less on his right lead, assuming it's harder or a triffle painful? Like: work left lead, right lead, left lead and not do right lead again? I've never worked with this before and my thinking is that if his right lead is not as smooth because of these problems, then working him more that way won't improve the gait. Yes? No?
He's stepped down to 1 injection weekly for the next month, another chiro adjustment in early February. And we're probably looking at injecting his hocks again around the first of April.