I don't see her every day. So the changes are much more obvious to me.
I would now trot trot trot her. Not in circles, rather straight. And forward. That'll help build more muscle, even on both sides. With her new diet she has the fuel for it. Take her in the arena, on a longe, and go with her down along the fenceline. Or ride her, fresh forward. Once she gains strength, she'll canter more easily.
Today I rode Snickers in the arena. I just played passenger and didn't direct her too much as long as she was trotting. She did wonderful! She held onto it without me having to get after her, like before. I used to have to ask over and over every few steps. Mind you, I am riding her differently after having some lessons too, so I'm sure that helps her along. Poor little thing....she has to put up with her abnormal body and then me too! She is such a little trooper. I love this little horse.
I submitted the video of Snickers rubbing her belly on the ground where it looked like she was dancing to the music in the background, to America's Funniest Home Videos about six months ago. I received a packet Friday from them to sign release forms!!!
One thing I noticed the other day, even with her gaits having some improvement, she does swing her hocks inward quite significantly at least at the trot. She becomes very narrow. Maybe that is why she has that prominant swing outward when she slows to the walk, to balance her wide body once it is not in a faster motion. Maybe that is a deformity?
My Beau does that too. I believe in his case, its a little lack of strength due to have been borderline thin. Maybe she will improve once she gets her muscles working properly. Im just guessing, so grain of salt lol....besides...we can overlook imperfections in a movie star, can we
Ok, good to know that she isn't the only one. We will see if strength improves it in time. Yeah, she's a movie star alright....if she were to win $10,000 the first thing I would do is buy a trailer and take her to UC Davis.