This filly just wasn’t getting any chance to allow her shoulder to heal, and had visibly lost condition. The yard had run out of answers.
Vav made her chiropractic assessment and found nothing wrong with the joints in any
of the legs. However, there was a large area of shoulder and neck muscle that was
in total spasm. So this filly was in so much pain from over-
Vav treated these muscles with hand-
On her next visit to the yard, she couldn’t see the filly.
Fearing the worst, she enquired how it had fared. “Oh, she went to the sales and fetched a record sum — more than £100,000 guineas”.
Visiting a famous yard, Vav noticed a filly running around a paddock holding a front leg up. It was so unusual that it stood out as a big problem, so Vav asked about it. The manager said it was a shame, she had impeccable breeding and there had been high hopes for her.
Because she had been expected to do so well, they had tried absolutely everything to sort it out but without any success. The filly was booked to be sent to the kennels in two days time.
Vav asked what had happened. They said that the mother was a nutty mare who ran about all over the place. She had caused the filly to fall, and then was still running around, forcing the filly to follow her all day.
Shoulder injuries are very difficult to nurse back to health because the shoulder is not a conventional joint – it is a muscle and ligament sling. Lying down to rest it may be too uncomfortable and horses won’t lie down if they are not confident they can use that leg to push themselves back up again.