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        04-04-2013, 01:54 AM
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    The aha moment
         
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        04-06-2013, 10:56 PM
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    I think Snickers has lost some weight finally too. I'm going to upload video soon. Roundpen work has been steady. Off on her own, she is less controlled, but seems more comfortable with herself anyway.
         
        04-07-2013, 12:48 AM
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    Looking great! I see some muscling coming on top of the croup....
         
        04-07-2013, 06:48 AM
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    She's coming along great! Must have missed this, did she get an official diagnosis?
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        04-07-2013, 07:07 AM
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    Green Broke
    To me she looked very stiff. Maybe her stifle is locking up?
    For a very short period of time we had a buckskin pinto horse/pony youngster that had that issue. She'd be walking/trotting around then her stifle would lock up and she couldnt move her leg for a minute. Here's a video of a horse with his stifle locking up
    Cowboy's Locking Stifle - YouTube
         
        04-07-2013, 11:46 AM
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    Kayella no official diagnosis yet. I've decided to go the muscular route, rather than skeletal route right now. I want to see where we are at in six months with this first.

    Nokot I am still not ruling out something else, or even multiple things. I still question the stifle at times. Yesterday was one of those times in the round pen. I could actually see it maybe 'shift' a couple times during the walk after trotting. Not sure though. Plus there is the downhill stuff with her where she knuckles over those back feet. It's almost like she has peg legs and she doesn't bend when the ground isn't flat. She will put at least that right hind leg down straight on hills or uneven ground it seems.

    She has improved in the round pen with 'controlling' her body more fluidly anyway...from what it was. So it is hopefully building a little muscle that lacked before. She will probably never be perfect, but I'm so happy to see it becoming a little easier for her.
         
        04-07-2013, 11:52 AM
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    Originally Posted by Nokotaheaven    
    To me she looked very stiff. Maybe her stifle is locking up?
    For a very short period of time we had a buckskin pinto horse/pony youngster that had that issue. She'd be walking/trotting around then her stifle would lock up and she couldnt move her leg for a minute. Here's a video of a horse with his stifle locking up
    Cowboy's Locking Stifle - YouTube
    Nokot I've seen that video before. I've never seen her lock up that like or drag her leg either. I've seen some occassional popping in that joint, I thought, on her hand walks going down hills and when she is at a gallop ini the field and comes to a complete stop when her legs buckle under her. Sometimes it seems like her fetlocks even have the popping action, even though I've never heard of that before.
         
        04-07-2013, 12:41 PM
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    Having had a horse with locking stifles, I thought she could have that problem. But it's also one if the symptoms of EPSM/PSSM, and if I think about the "mechanics" if LS...the ligament is a tad lose, gets caught on the patella, and developing muscle to pull the ligament tighter helps for LS, it makes total sense that LS is one of the symptoms of EPSM. So in other words building up muscle(through work and appropriate diet), should " cure" the LS symptom.
    My horse with LS never locked up while in race training. Never.
         
        04-07-2013, 06:54 PM
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    Green Broke
    Oh okay xP
         
        04-09-2013, 09:39 PM
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    Here is a video of Snickers from today in the round pen. She is remaining stable. The downward transitions and her ability to hold gaits longer is still improving a little bit at a time. She does still throw her hips/legs out in the downward transition to walk. Even so, I am really happy with her movement improving.

    I apologize because it is VERY hard to video while I lunge. She gets confused on what I am asking and I had to keep pausing the video taping.

    Next time I am going to lunge on a line in the arena and have someone else video.

         

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