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        03-10-2013, 10:55 AM
      #131
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    It rained a little here too

    So, basically, the test didn't really help clearing things up.
    If I had Snickers, I'd listen to my gut which tells me to wait the year to see if the diet change does anything. Symptoms are so on the spot with Dr.V's description.

    I've noticed mine refusing alfalfa pellets at times. So I give very little for a while, until they show me they're ready for more again
         
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        03-10-2013, 11:09 AM
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    It rained a little here too

    So, basically, the test didn't really help clearing things up.
    If I had Snickers, I'd listen to my gut which tells me to wait the year to see if the diet change does anything. Symptoms are so on the spot with Dr.V's description.

    I've noticed mine refusing alfalfa pellets at times. So I give very little for a while, until they show me they're ready for more again
    Just because she tested neg for Type I, doesn't rule out Type II since she is only part draft. The lighter breeds are often Type II...only diagnosed with a muscle biopsy....but not going to do it just yet since the only thing I could do if she was positive would be the diet change anyway.

    Hopefully, I will be updating slow positive changes on here with her.
         
        03-10-2013, 11:29 AM
      #133
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    I know it's hard not to look every day, but I would try for taking video of the same activities you already have, once a month only. And compare. Other than that I'd make it a point not to look
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        03-12-2013, 11:58 AM
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    Just saying......I lunged Snickers yesterday, and her trot is smoother, not all clunky. I'm sure to other people she probably still looks pretty goofy, but to me, the one who obssesses over her movement daily, it looks better! I'm hoping it is not an illusion.

    I took her on a trail ride the day before....about 2-3 miles total. At one point she spooked at a squeaky tree and ran up the side of a berm with me...about ten feet up. On this berm, it is narrow and nowhere for me to really even jump off without hitting the slope of it. I figured we would end up tumbling down it together, so I took my legs out of the stirrups to prevent her crushing my legs if she fell. She kind of hesitated, as if she was assessing her ability and the predicament she got us into, and slowly went down the side of the berm sideways just fine.

    I am happy to say that both of my horses are eating their high fat diet just fine now. I can get half of the fat in them with oil...the other half is a combo of the Omega Horseshine and their TC Senior and Ration Balancer. I'm still waiting for the Cool Cal to come in. I would like to replace some of the Omega if I can since it is so expensive. I'm going to start fine tuning now and hopefully normalizing my routine....yay!

    Desert.....I don't know if I can wait a month to video yet......How about a week if I still see the improvement?!!!!!! I'm so excited, but trying not to get ahead of myself.
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        03-12-2013, 12:31 PM
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    Let's meet in the middle.....two weeks. I want you to really SEE improvements, real obvious ones.
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        03-12-2013, 01:03 PM
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    I would like to replace some of the Omega if I can since it is so expensive.
    This is one of my top 3 overspending feeding petpeeves. For a small container you are paying over $5/# for the Horseshine. It's nothing more than ground flax with a few goodies mixed in. You should be able to buy 50# bags of whole flax at the feed store (they will order it in if they don't have it) for less than $40. That's $.80/# and you can feed as much as she'll eat. That one bag will last both of them at least one month. Grind a gallon ziplock bag at a time.
         
        03-12-2013, 01:59 PM
      #137
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    Re Omega Horseshine....it used to be 40$....at TSC, bearable, but went up sharply to 48$.
    I compared it to their Dumor brand Ultra Shine. 1% more fat, Ca:Ph ratio better, more magnesium, copper and manganese. The omega's are pretty much the same, NSC is higher with 8,8%, but still very good. Best is the price....30$....... if you can't find straight flax.
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        03-22-2013, 08:57 PM
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    Ok, we are around a month into the diet and it has been a couple weeks since I did the last video.

    I still would say that her gait is slightly smoother. She seems to spring up a little now, rather than slapping those hind feet down. Her transitions don't seem as difficult and the legs getting twisted up seem to not happen as often. No major miracles, but I'll take the slight ones so far!

         
        03-22-2013, 09:11 PM
      #139
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    Transitions are smoother, a little less slapping in trot. Tail is still kinda dangling dead-ish. What is very obvious, her head and neck are more normal, natural, position wise. She held them very low, especially under saddle.
    I see improvement
         
        03-22-2013, 09:21 PM
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    Transitions are smoother, a little less slapping in trot. Tail is still kinda dangling dead-ish. What is very obvious, her head and neck are more normal, natural, position wise. She held them very low, especially under saddle.
    I see improvement
    and I must say....when I am not trying to hold the camera and she sees her normal cues, she looks even better. She is able to trot with more ease and with more speed and her canter isn't throwing her into a pretzel...lol. She has a little bit of rhythm now. Not perfect, but better.
         

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