The chiropractor was just here. I mentioned to her a sore spot I noticed on Jackson's back after riding this morning. She confirmed he was very sore there and suspected that he had been kicked or bonked. But then, hmmm, he had a mirror image spot of soreness on the other side and two more spots up by the withers. So, it's the saddle. I had the saddle fit to him when I bought it but that was when we were starting on this dressage journey. Since then, he has put on weight and muscle and changed enough that the saddle no longer fits. I knew this day would come and I purposely bought a used, not super expensive, saddle when we started. But still. $$$$$ sigh. And, of course, I am grounded until I get a saddle that fits. And I know it's the correct diagnosis. When the chiropractor (also a vet) told me, my brain went "bingo!" not "...maybe." He's been cinchy the past few weeks and generally not happy about the saddle. So, I have a call in to my trainer asking for saddle fitter recommendations. I had a great one with my previous horse but she had the nerve to relocate.
I need a drink!