Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman
Time to consult with Dr.I take it. Could they have mixed up the samples? That would make sense then...
Lol...I thought of hair mixup too....I'm trying not to be paranoid. I doesn't surprise me about Belle, even though I didn't expect things to go this way. Belle is older, moves slower and is much larger and Lord only knows what her past was before me. With her, I have noticed trembling after work and her moving like a heavy tank when asked to go forward. She also is trying hard to get her hind legs underneath herself, she backs pretty well. BUT, like I said, she is a tank and older too. Dr. V. Had mentioned her lack of topline in her email, which was a recent picture, after I thought she already gained a lot of muscle there. When I got her, her spine was raised above her muscle and her muscle sloped downward. Now her back is like a table top and she doesn't have her spine raised, but obviously she is swaybacked. She CAN do huge belly lifts though when scratching her belly. So, I am working at trying to get her to collect more during our lessons to raise her back. I finally found a 7" bit that she really seems to like more than the single jointed snaffle she had. It made her miserable with her huge tongue and low palate. We will see, I have only had her in it once so far.
Now Snickers.....I'm continuing on with the same route. I had an extensive chat with her former vet from in Lemoore. She agrees with the possibility of Type II EPSM. She said if the result was positive, all I can do is diet change anyway. I will keep muscle biopsy in mind too. I start working soon, so I can choose more to spend money on my horse being a guinea pig. She said to stay focused and on one path instead of being sent in so many different directions. I'm sure I will hear from Dr. Valentine next week.
I swear, when I read about EPSM, it is like the book was written about Snickers. I had that same feeling when my daughter was young and she was being diagnosed with multiple mental disorders. I read Temple Grandin's book about Asperger's Syndrome and cried knowing that was her. Despite what others said, I knew my daughter best and was her advocate. I ended up with the top specialists in that area, who did, in the end, diagnose her with Asperger's Syndrome. I am not trying to chase ghosts here. It would be sooooo much easier to drop the whole thing. But I am with this horse everyday and have a big connection to her. I just want to help her if there is a chance I can.