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post #91 of 170 Old 06-16-2013, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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It makes sense that she'd be crowhopping, throwing her head up.

Remember a tense horse is a stiff horse.

A relaxed horse is a soft horse.
Ahhhhhhh, yes, that makes sense. Even standing still, she was tossing her head around. Never seen her do that before.
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Practice. She'll eventually get comfortable enough loping to find the strength for canter.
Yep, you were right....she now canters!!!!
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Just to let everyone know...I am now confidently confirming Snickers as having EPSM, not just a tentative diagnosis. I backed off the fat in her diet for a little over a week to see what would happen. Her legs became twisted noodles again. So, the high-fat diet clearly is her saving grace. Even though she progressed so well, people had said that maybe it was only because she was stronger and more balanced....well, no....not so much. This will be a life-long commitment for us.

On a most awesome note....I took her to her final two parade practices this past weekend before the chaos of the 4th Of July parade in Coronado this Thursday. She has already been qualified, but was needed to help give confidence to two other horses that were trying to become qualified....lol. We loaded up all of her 'spooky' gear and showed them how it was done!!! Such a good girl she is. Love her.
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I am liking this because I am happy that she brought confidence to others :) And that you confirmed what exactly is negatively affecting her so you can avoid it!

I don't know much about ESPM.. only that you should avoid sugar.

But I'm SO happy you are the wonderful owner that you are, who has her horse's best interests and happiness in mind :)
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post #95 of 170 Old 07-01-2013, 10:28 PM
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This is good news, actually. Proves that you were right
Now you HAVE to rename this thread....the EX- noodle legged pinto....
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Yes, getting her noodles straight again now.:)

It also helps me help others knowing that it is definite. I can give advice without any doubt in what I'm dealing with. Thanks for all the support you guys have given me on this journey. It was really tough for a while there.
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Of course!! Happy to provide support when possible :)

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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Its great that you've now been able to establish what her problem is, it was all a bit of a leap into the dark for you so took a lot of courage IMO
I've really enjoyed watching her progress so I hope you'll keep posting updates
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Thanks Jaydee...that means a lot.

Here are some Coronado 4th July parade pics. This parade was very loud, big and tight quarters for sure. Horse was pretty good, I was scared to death!!!

Here we come, turning the corner into the parade....I was like, "Holy Sh**!!!!"




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I've been reading this journal with fascination for a while now. It really is a marvelous story. I'm glad Snickers is doing so well. PSSM is... annoying, to say the least, but it can be manged and overcome. As you have demonstrated.

It's interesting how Snickers has gone through all the stages that Baby Girl did. You've handled them much better than I handled them, however. You're so patient and understanding with your mare. I was mad at mine. Mad at something she wouldn't help. Silly, eh? You and Snicker have been coming through with so much grace.

Best of luck! I hope for continued improvement.
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