Equine Bodyworks: Mike Dobbs, ESMT, EMMT

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Equine Bodyworks: Mike Dobbs and Scooter

Equine Bodyworks: Mike Dobbs and Scooter

Scooter's history of showing was successful even before I knew him.
He was shown in 2 classes at the National Reining Horse Association Futurity,
placing 2nd out of 106 entries in one class, and 5th out of 143 entries in the other.
His career was off to a hot start as a 3 year old.
My friend, Marc, had shown Scooter as a hackamore horse in National Reined Cow
Horse Association shows for two years with great success.

When Scooter came to me for showing, he was a 6 y/o stallion
and displayed a reluctance to move off of the rein going to the right, which affected
his right spin tremendously and his right fence turn (when working a cow).
My goals with Scooter were multi-faceted.

Once I rode him, I felt his 'heart' and appreciated his 'greatness'
and knew there was another level of competition he had been unable to reveal.
I knew if I could rebalance his body, relieving the tension on his right side,
he would show me another level of competition that had been yet untapped.
When I initially assessed him, I found his mid and deep cervical regions
to be his main areas that needed work.
Those were the areas that made it difficult for him to bend
and give to the right. Over a period of time, I worked on those areas.
Scooter's response and the level of greatness I knew was there, became apparent.

I was privileged enough to show Scooter for almost 2 years and
marvel at his numerous achievements, which included
Georgia Reined Cow Horse Association Open Bridle Champion, as well as
Top 10 Qualifier for the NRCHA World Championship Show.

Equine Bodyworks: Mike Dobbs and Scooter

Equine Bodyworks: Mike Dobbs and Scooter

Bright Eyes was a Thoroughbred racing prospect who experienced a
traumatic accident as a yearling being started under saddle.
He flipped over, landing on his right side.
The impact to his head was so severe that he was unconscious.
When he regained consciousness and got up, he was obviously impaired
and unable to walk in a straight line.
The vet was called out and took radiographs, but there were no apparent fractures.
His owner, Cindy, was told that he would never race
and she should probably put him down.

After several months of turnout, his body began to compensate for the injuries
and he began permanently carrying his head bent to right, and at an angle.
His right eye became recessed in the socket,
the muscles on the right side of his head and neck atrophied,
and his right ear flopped much like a dog's ear.
His left eye bulged because it was seemingly the only one that was being used.
When I first looked at Bright Eyes, I told the owner that I wasn't sure if
I could help her colt but I was willing to try. She warned me to be careful because
Bright Eyes was very mean and would not hesitate to bite or strike at me.
When I approached his stall, he was peering out, snapping at anything in the vicinity.
I knew he had to be in a lot of pain.
He did kick and he did bite and he did strike,
but each time I worked on him, he did so less and less.

After a few shorts months and several sessions of bodywork, he is now
back in training and preparing to race in the near future.
More to come on this young colt...

For assessments of your horse's particular needs,
please email me at mike@equine-bodyworks.com or call me at (352) 816-2329.

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