For ages now I’ve been aware that Abbey has tight muscles in her shoulders and neck.

My barefoot trimmer always mentions it, every physio observes and treats it, and I know from how she is about being touched there.

It’s been one of those niggles that has been on the to-do after her ulcers and the tightness in her back and left hamstring.

With those biggies sorted (ulcers with diet and stress management, back with treeless saddle and improved dressage training), it was time to tackle Abbey’s tight shoulders and neck.

I’ve figured that at least part of the problem is the height of the stable door. It’s too tall and Abbey has to lift her head up and over.

Our wonderful yard owner made all the stable doors and has been (very understandably) reluctant to take a saw to one. So I’ve purchased a Shires stall guard.

At first Abbey was suspicious, but after just a few days, I think she rather likes it.

Time will tell whether it helps relieve some her sore muscles.

PS I wouldn’t recommend this for a horse that leans into pressure or enjoys making escapes! Atm I park a wheelbarrow outside Abbey’s stable to dissuade her from trying to get underneath.