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        07-07-2013, 09:41 AM
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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.
    Thank you so much Brighteyes! There have been many times, especially in the beginning, that were very trying for me. Unsure of what she was doing/could do, what it was, what her future was and if I could stick with the diet. There has been a lot of trial and error and a lot of uncertainty. Plus people think you are nuts!!! :)

    This horse is so worth fighting for. She can't help herself and I really get the feeling she gives everything her all. That makes it easier and very worthwhile.

    Don't beat yourself up....just do what you can do. If you run into a dead end, just start over. It's so much more than a lot of people would do.
         
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        07-07-2013, 11:08 AM
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    Green Broke
    Agreed. These horses are worth it. And people do think we're nuts.


    Funny thing. Snickers tested negative for PSSM1, didn't she? I bit the bullet and got Baby Girl tested... She was negative. Sure she was negative for that particular mutation, but the symptoms, response to treatment, and everything else lined up. Weird, huh? I just decided she had type 2 and went on doing what I was doing. If she gets too much sugar, Baby Girl loses her ability to canter and goes all crazy-legs-locking-stifles.

    I think our horses are somehow related.
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        07-07-2013, 11:29 AM
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    Agreed. These horses are worth it. And people do think we're nuts.


    Funny thing. Snickers tested negative for PSSM1, didn't she? I bit the bullet and got Baby Girl tested... She was negative. Sure she was negative for that particular mutation, but the symptoms, response to treatment, and everything else lined up. Weird, huh? I just decided she had type 2 and went on doing what I was doing. If she gets too much sugar, Baby Girl loses her ability to canter and goes all crazy-legs-locking-stifles.

    I think our horses are somehow related.
    Yes, that is all familiar with me. Snickers tested neg for Type I, but decided to treat with diet/exercise like she has Type II. Why pay the expense for a muscle biopsy if it works? People still had to put their two cents in and make me doubt it by saying that her muscles just got stronger and she was more balanced...that was why she was looking so good. So, doubting my instincts, I cut back the fat to see what happend. Within a week or so, her legs were getting all twisted up again and she was resistant to move forward. I felt horrible for her. So, now I am confident with the treatment.

    Snickers does the same as Baby Girl....legs get all wonky. She looks like she is breakdancing with all of her popping motions....lol.

    You know what is funny?....My percheron tested positive for Type I, but displays no symptoms. I had her tested just because she is a draft and since I was doing Snickers.
         
        07-07-2013, 02:05 PM
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    Trained
    You guys are doing great. Big part of mastering such obstacles is thinking outside the box, reading all you can, asking questions, and thinking. Not just believe without critique like so many do( and then wonder why they're not getting anywhere).
    With Snickers and Baby Girl, it's all about giving the right kind of " fuel" to these compromised muscles, and all is fine. Because no matter how strong these muscles become with use, without the right fuel they quit working. As Snickers has proven...
         
        07-07-2013, 03:53 PM
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    You guys are doing great. Big part of mastering such obstacles is thinking outside the box, reading all you can, asking questions, and thinking. Not just believe without critique like so many do( and then wonder why they're not getting anywhere).
    With Snickers and Baby Girl, it's all about giving the right kind of " fuel" to these compromised muscles, and all is fine. Because no matter how strong these muscles become with use, without the right fuel they quit working. As Snickers has proven...
    Thanks Desert....you,ve been there since day 1!
         
        07-07-2013, 04:35 PM
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    Trained
    And it was a pleasure! I guess I'm about as proud of her as you are ....
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        07-13-2013, 09:22 PM
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    Snickers did her third parade in Descanso, CA today! It was much more laid back than the Coronado one was. She was awesome again. We were introduced to cattle today unexpectedly! We showed up to the horse unloading area.....and it happend to be in a cattle field!.....AND the cattle were very curious...lol.

    Ramona parade:




    Descanso parade....pulling in to unload...surprise!!!


    Descanso parade:



    Cows:


    Coronado parade:
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        07-13-2013, 09:24 PM
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    The cows.....
         
        07-13-2013, 10:32 PM
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    Look at how much wider Snicker's front legs are than the rest of the horses...lol.
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        07-14-2013, 01:10 AM
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    Originally Posted by Oldhorselady    
    Snickers did her third parade in Descanso, CA today! It was much more laid back than the Coronado one was. She was awesome again. We were introduced to cattle today unexpectedly! We showed up to the horse unloading area.....and it happend to be in a cattle field!.....AND the cattle were very curious...lol.

    Ramona parade:




    Descanso parade....pulling in to unload...surprise!!!


    Descanso parade:



    Cows:


    Coronado parade:
    That chestnut fits into her twice lol.
    She's standing in her 4 corners. That's what we say in Germany.
    What a good girl she is
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