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post #131 of 152 Old 07-03-2014, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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Cinny's workouts have been going really well. I've been alternating a day of lunge and handwork with a day of riding. Today I had planned just a light "loosen up" workout because yesterday I myself started this intense thigh workout and my thighs are KILLING ME!!!. Hubby came so I actually have some video of me riding, finally!!! I watched it, it's horrible, my seat still SUCKS after not riding for so long. I also get nervous when I know I'm being watched or videoed so I forget to actually "ride" as my trainer says.

Anyway, here it is, it's not perfect but I think it does show that he has improved greatly since the video from the show (first weekend of April). Before I get razzed about the German Martingale, my trainer has me working him in it on the loosest setting, just enough to remind him it's nicer to stretch down. Today she didn't do a lot of that, but he has been.....I just don't have proof ha ha.

Also please don't laugh at my chest. My hubby got me this new aerobics bra that is supposed to be awesome and hold you your chest so that it doesn't move at all. After 5 minutes on Cinny we could see it was a big hoax :( Hubby liked it, but I'll go back to my old exercise bras thank you.

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post #132 of 152 Old 07-10-2014, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
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Good news, and really bad news :(

Today our wonderful Dr Z came out again. I haven't ridden Cin since the day we did those last videos because when I watched them closely I could see that he had a slight head bob at the trot. I figured it was just chiro.

The good news is, it is NOT the lyme disease coming back. There is no signs yet that he is having a relapse. Yay.

But then I got some grim news. Now that Cinny has no residual swelling, and his body has had 2 months to get back to normal, there are some permanent problems. His Sacroiliac joint and hips are SHOT. It could be from before Lymes or it could be a result of all of the swelling from the Lymes. He is gaining muscle in his hind and at first glance the vet thought he was looking much better. But under the muscle mass are deteriorated joints. He placed my hands on various places in his SI area and moved his legs around and all I felt was a lot of grinding and Cin would put his ears back and bite out. He is not a happy camper right now.

So, he is pretty much "done." Dr Z said we could start giving him injections every 2-4 weeks if I wanted to continue, but I really don't think that is in Cinny's best interest at this point. Light occasional rides are fine, 3 days a week of low level dressage work is not okay. It was also suggested that he no longer be kept in box stalls and that even his daily turn out pen is not big enough for his physical health as he can't even pick up a good trot in it, let alone canter and cavort. Some changes need to be made.

Just when I thought he was getting better. AND we have decided to move back to CA and take him with us. I imagined nice canters in the creekbed at my old stable, but now it will never happen. Pretty much every boarding stable in OC has just 12X24 or 24X24 stalls and NO daily turnout. I think Cinny is best left here so now I need to find a home for him with someone to love on him, groom him, maybe do in hand showmanship (which he likes) and an occasional light rides. That is going to be really tough to find.
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Today our wonderful Dr Z came out again. I haven't ridden Cin since the day we did those last videos because when I watched them closely I could see that he had a slight head bob at the trot. I figured it was just chiro.

The good news is, it is NOT the lyme disease coming back. There is no signs yet that he is having a relapse. Yay.

But then I got some grim news. Now that Cinny has no residual swelling, and his body has had 2 months to get back to normal, there are some permanent problems. His Sacroiliac joint and hips are SHOT. It could be from before Lymes or it could be a result of all of the swelling from the Lymes. He is gaining muscle in his hind and at first glance the vet thought he was looking much better. But under the muscle mass are deteriorated joints. He placed my hands on various places in his SI area and moved his legs around and all I felt was a lot of grinding and Cin would put his ears back and bite out. He is not a happy camper right now.

So, he is pretty much "done." Dr Z said we could start giving him injections every 2-4 weeks if I wanted to continue, but I really don't think that is in Cinny's best interest at this point. Light occasional rides are fine, 3 days a week of low level dressage work is not okay. It was also suggested that he no longer be kept in box stalls and that even his daily turn out pen is not big enough for his physical health as he can't even pick up a good trot in it, let alone canter and cavort. Some changes need to be made.

Just when I thought he was getting better. AND we have decided to move back to CA and take him with us. I imagined nice canters in the creekbed at my old stable, but now it will never happen. Pretty much every boarding stable in OC has just 12X24 or 24X24 stalls and NO daily turnout. I think Cinny is best left here so now I need to find a home for him with someone to love on him, groom him, maybe do in hand showmanship (which he likes) and an occasional light rides. That is going to be really tough to find.
So sorry to hear all this. You are a good horse owner; you tried your best to rehab him. Hopefully you will find him a good home. Maybe he could be a companion horse for somebody?
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I'm so sorry to hear that after everything seemed so positive, it did sound as if he'd had Lymes for a long time though and it can cause all sorts of permanent damage.
He would likely be a nice horse for someone that had the land to keep him out most of the time and be content with some quiet trail riding.
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post #135 of 152 Old 07-10-2014, 05:54 PM
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It sucks, big time, BUT now you know the answers you can make decisions for Cinny and yourself, no more guessing, no more highs and lows, no more constant struggle to keep him sound and always wondering if he is OK or not. I know what that feels like, and know the wondering is your horse is going to be good today.

I hope you can find a suitable home for him, good luck.
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I've been thinking more and more about Cinny, how easily bored he is, etc. And my thoughts rambled on to trick training and then it dawned on me, there isn't really any reason he can't do trail classes and even ultimate trail! It's just teaching him to walk over obstacles and the such, right? He doesn't have to collect and have impulsion to do that. Another friend suggested english and western pleasure but I think that might be a bit much as his hind is too week to carry a canter more than about 10 strides. Plus he doesn't move like a pleasure horse ha ha, he moves more like a barrel horse :) Most of the obstacle training I can work on in hand to start off with and then maybe do 1 or 2 days a week of brief under saddle work. I think I also might learn about in hand showmanship.
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I have a feeling this will be right up Cinny's alley!

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I really hope you can work something out so he can stay with you! You've come so far.
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I am so sorry that it turned out this way, but it sounds like you have it all fixed. And I am sure you can enjoy trails with him in a happy way, if he cannot enjoy dressage :)

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I think you need to discuss that with your vet - if he's in pain from the very low key dressage you're doing then he's going to be in pain from trail riding too?
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