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post #131 of 170 Old 09-01-2013, 12:55 AM
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Soooooo much improved! The right " wiggle" seems like a nerve impulse is missing or something along the line. Just one out of maybe 20( just as a measure of severity). As if the impulse doesn't go all the way down to the foot. I hope you can follow me on this one, I sometimes come up with rather weird descriptions....
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Soooooo much improved! The right " wiggle" seems like a nerve impulse is missing or something along the line. Just one out of maybe 20( just as a measure of severity). As if the impulse doesn't go all the way down to the foot. I hope you can follow me on this one, I sometimes come up with rather weird descriptions....
Yes I understand completely!! It is a strange phenomenon....when the ground has a dip in it under that leg....it's like her whole leg stays straight and has no 'give' to it to make up for the difference in the ground....see, I can't explain myself either!!!

I'm wondering if that is what I am feeling when I am riding her...at the walk, it's like her whole hip does this big circle thing and adjusts to whatever is going on with her leg....I will have to try and pay attention to the ground while I'm riding her and when she does it.

Despite everything, it is good to be able to work with her in the round pen and not always worry if she will be ok. She used to bend her hind end towards the inside before and never does that anymore. She is so much more balanced. Very happy with her.

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She really is 100% better now - I can see that slight wiggle thing but then I'm looking for it because you pointed it out, other than that I might think she was just hitting some uneven ground or a stone maybe
I'm sure that the more muscle strength she develops thanks to this diet you have her on the less visible it will be.
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She really is 100% better now - I can see that slight wiggle thing but then I'm looking for it because you pointed it out, other than that I might think she was just hitting some uneven ground or a stone maybe
I'm sure that the more muscle strength she develops thanks to this diet you have her on the less visible it will be.
She really is sooooo much better. The biggest problem that is very obvious, is her walking down inclines. We went on a trail ride to the beach yesterday and had to go down a fairly steep (for us) incline on the trail. When she goes down hill, she uses her rear legs very oddly. If you can imagine the way you would walk if you had an accident in your pants. Like her stifles don't bend, so she kinda swings her hips out??? Then that is where she seems to have the locking stifle action too. Maybe I can have someone video one of these days...lol. I tell her to go easy and she just takes it one leg at a time. But those handicaps don't prevent her from being the most fantastic trail horse and partner!
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Went on a fabulous trail ride yesterday to the beach. I rode Snickers and my friend rode my percheron, Belle.....





More horses up ahead!


Belle LOVES water....Snickers still a little hesitent....



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What a fun looking ride! /jealous
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Oh you lucky thing
I hate you LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Lol......sorry.....;)
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Snickers did GREAT, as she usually does now, at her parade last weekend in Poway, CA! Here is a video....our group is at 3:44 in the video. Parade was a nice one. We had to ride through the city and lots of traffic and traffic lights to get back to our trailer though. We were also met with a street sweeper in the parking lot. Snickers was fine though.


Also, I have been trying the amino acid, Acytel -L-Carnitine for her. Dr. Valentine stated she didn't have much luck with it, but it couldn't hurt to try. I will say that I feel like Snickers doesn't look as bulky! She will always be a stocky horse, but she doesn't seem as marshmallowish. I still ride her about the same as before, however, we do work on impulsion more....so maybe that is helping too. Just a note for now.
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And again, she's smiling and waving, too. She seems to enjoy the attention!

I seriously have no clue about the L-Carnitine, gotta go and read up on it lol. But work has a lot to do with developing that sportive body vs.just being chubby.
Many years ago I fed silicea to my flabby Haflinger. Improved body tone a lot. I haven't seen it around here, so I doubt it can be found.. off to Dr. Google
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