Initial Evaluation Report
Major Complaint(s) from Owner
Star was formerly shown in 4-H and used for trail riding. She started therapeutic riding this summer by being a summer camp horse. Star's owner pointed out that she has a bump towards the end of her back by her croup.
Past Injuries & Illnesses:
Star seems to be standing up under herself in the front a little. If you draw a line straight from her shoulder to the ground, you will see that her leg is behind that line. She's standing toed out a little in the hind.
While walking, Star tracks well and seems nice and relaxed. While trotting, Star also tracks nicely. She carries her head a little higher, but most Arabians do.
Star moves very similarly to the right as she does the left, and she tracks both gaits, each direction.
Nothing seemed out of the ordinary during an evaluation of her crest, withers, spine, shoulders, and hips.
Observations from First Massage
Star was somewhat tense during her massage. She was fidgety sometimes and would step away from me. My guess is that she may be a little sore.
Once Star begins her work as a therapy horse, she may benefit from having massages a few times a month to help keep her relaxed and pain free.