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post #11 of 152 Old 05-02-2014, 04:02 PM
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Any idea why the vet recommended the Pessoa rather than any other gadget? I was looking at one for a while, but I was finding equally good and bad reviews and opinions on if they actually have any benefits, and at the price I passed in the end.

I'm wondering why forward isn't the prime objective for him to start with, he just looks so short going still, looks like he needs just to get loose and stretch a bit.

Understanding that I know nothing about his situation or anything, I am just curious as to the why?
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post #12 of 152 Old 05-02-2014, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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He said to use the pessoa to encourage him to stretch and use his back by using the "low" setting. My surcingle doesn't have a ring on the girth so I had to make due today but I'm going to change it up a bit.

He said to start him slow, don't worry about forward so much, just get him working down and low and stretching through his back instead of bracing his back and arching with his head up. Cinny has had a lot of muscle loss through his body and especially in his top line, and he didn't have much to begin with there. My vet was worried that if we work on forward before he has started stretching and regaining his top line it will cause him to be even more sore and painful. He wants him on the lunge every day for 20 minutes to help prevent the organism from going dormant, but if we push him too hard any of those days, he will be too sore to work the next day.

I don't know if I explained it in a way that makes sense, but when my vet explains it, it makes perfect sense to me. I guess it's like when a human has a virus, sometimes it's good for them to still get up and walk around, stretch etc...but it wouldn't be good for them to go to an aerobics class.
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post #13 of 152 Old 05-02-2014, 10:08 PM
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Hoping Cinny gets to feeling better very soon. I think work in the Pessoa or side reins should be great to help him stretch out his back. I can't wait to see more videos of him as he recovers!

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How's Cinny feeling?

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post #15 of 152 Old 05-05-2014, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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I gave Cinny a day off yesterday. I figure even with trying to keep him in work, he still needs a day off once in a while, and he was turned out all day with his best buddy.

Today is the 7th day of meds. I am starting to see a difference already. He is much calmer and will even work quietly in our front arena which he has never really done before even when he was on a double dose of SmartCalm every day. He is currently not taking ANY calming meds, only the Doxy, Concentrated Liver Happy and Next Level Joint Supplement. He has been off bute for 3 days.

With the Pessoa I see him starting to move out and be a bit more forward without my asking him, although he is still playing with where he wants his head and stretching his back. Today was only the 3rd day with it and I'm sure he will keep improving. He seems more relaxed in his gaits, and much much more willing to work. I didn't have to prod him today and I had trouble keeping him in a trot. His transitions seem super smooth, however so that's a plus.

Anyway, I see a big difference since the first video, and even the video a few days ago with his first day on the Pessoa. I am so happy that he seems to be improving so quickly.

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I've watched a couple of times, and I'm really sorry I don't see any difference there, maybe it looks different in person!
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Subbing to follow his progress. Lyme is a big problem in our area too-a former boarder's horse came down with it, but it was managed and not an impediment to her riding in the long run.
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I've watched a couple of times, and I'm really sorry I don't see any difference there, maybe it looks different in person!
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His hind legs are coming more under him and he's actually hitting the heals of his front legs again. He also covers much much more ground and he is more relaxed through the back and shoulders, not as choppy of a trot. He is also more horizontal moving than vertical where before he moved more vertically but didn't cover much ground or have much horizontal movement.

And a lot of it is temperament. He is starting to be his old, sweet and calm puppy dog of a horse again. In fact after his work I turned him loose in the arena to roll and relax while I scooped up poop, etc. For the first time in 2 years he nickered and followed me around while I worked and kept nuzzling me. He hasn't been like that in so so long.
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I think it's wonderful that you are seeing some improvement with the Lyme disease treatment! Sending best wishes and positive thoughts your way!
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post #20 of 152 Old 05-05-2014, 10:30 PM
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This makes me feel like it is an episode of House M.D.

"Differentials, people!"
"Kissing spine!"

"Alright, let's treat the symptoms. Put him on doxycycline for six weeks and see if conditions improve. Give him happy liver, and use the pessoa system. If we are right, the exercise will keep the disease from going into remission. If we are wrong... well. It's obviously kissing spine. We'll move from there. "

I'm half expecting a random twist in events in Cinny's case... mayhaps I watch too much House.
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