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hunterseat df: Hunter Seat Equitation is a division that is judged on the ability and the style of the rider. The riders can be judged both over fences and on the flat.

Although true, hunters DO eat, at least the skilled ones do, my name derives from the world of horses.

And because the word hunter is in my name, people automatically think I'm a guy. Not even close.

Whenever I meet someone named Hunter I have to bite my tongue to keep from saying "That's my name, too!"
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Back Problems

Posted 07-14-2022 at 08:00 AM by hunterseat


How is it that my life is full of back problems?

I learned a bit too late to protect my back from bad choices. But I know now I need to keep my weight healthy and my back muscles toned to support my spine. The alternative is an extremely painful bulging disc.

HOWEVER I have 3 other living beings in my household ALL with back issues.

Dog 1: (11#) She is built long and low, think Jack Russell, though DNA testing revealed 0% JRT in her. The term "bendy" is one I coined to describe her. She often lays curled like a bagel and she slouches when she sits. Between her physical structure and her poor posture, her back often hurts, evidenced by her occasional stretching. I do a gentle back massage and she absolutely loves it. I try.

Dog 2: (83#) This one has a background of running great distances with no supervision. She chased rabbits in the desert and killed chickens with wild abandon. According to her previous owner she once came home with a bear trap on her leg. There's just no telling what this girl has been through. I wouldn't be surprised to learn she's been hit by a car at one point. One thing's for sure, she's got a bad hip, which I'm sure affects her lower back. When she comes to me wanting something, it's often a quick back/hip massage. She loves it but she's getting up there for a dog her size. She has a couple of nice beds but will sleep on the wood floor if it's cooler for her. Sometimes she has a hard time getting up and will limp a bit to get started.

CAT: (Chonky) This is my free cat that's cost me thousands in vet bills. He's been x-rayed twice which revealed a myriad of health issues. One health issue is severe arthritis in his back, notably lower spine just above his tail. His upper back also has arthritis but his body did something the vet said was very good that prevents pain in that area. Still, he's an old, overweight grouch and I scrutinize his gait for stiffness. He's on prescription food but the one that includes weight control is out of stock. Anywho, he also gets back massages.
Dog 2 and cat get joint supplements daily. I just shake my head wondering why on earth I have 3 animals that require massage. (let's not bring the horses into the discussion)

I've heard there are no coincidences where God is concerned and I'll gladly include massage with the love they get.
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