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        05-01-2013, 11:35 AM
    Here is an email from Dr. Valentine this morning:

    Hi Lisa. Thanks for sharing all the great video news. I absolutely agree Snickers is looking much better. Since it is still early days she should be able to continue to improve for months. I look forward to following her progress!

    Beth V
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        05-01-2013, 11:37 AM
    Oh, one more thing.....I have seen her to flying lead changes on her own now too! NEVER would do that before...she would get tripped up and buck and have tantrums it seemed. It was like she was frustrated with her body. She uses both leads at the canter...before it was mostly the right lead.
        05-04-2013, 02:54 AM
    So, I had a blast today with Snickers. My daughter and her boyfriend came out to the ranch today for a cookout. We decided to take her dog for a walk on a trail and I decided to take Snickers with. I wanted to share these pictures and video showing just how aloof she is. I let her lead herself ahead of me, so I could see how she would handle the situation. She is a perfect horsie partner. She loved the dog and wanted to keep up with him So funny.

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        05-04-2013, 02:58 AM

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        05-07-2013, 09:45 PM
    Well, Snickers is pretty amazing, I must say. Today was her second lesson riding at liberty with only a string on her neck. The first lesson was in the arena and today for the second lesson, we rode around the ranch. Good little pony.

        05-07-2013, 09:53 PM
    Sooooo good to see
        05-07-2013, 11:32 PM
    Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
    Sooooo good to see
    Thanks Desert....I'm having a great time with her!!!
        05-09-2013, 12:44 PM
    Rode Snickers at liberty again with the string. I have found that it is REALLY helping ME! I've become so comfortable riding this way with my seat and balance. I have also figured out that what I thought was 'sitting up straight' really wasn't at all before. It is also helping me not brace with the reins if I am off balance or scared. I didn't even realize I did it before. I feel in more control holding the string with one hand and figuring it out, than I did before letting go of the reins to hold onto the saddle during those times of fear. It's like now that I'm forced to give up that control, it's easier!

    I think it is helping in teaching neck reining too. There are no distractions other than the pressure of the string on the neck and my leg/seat. It's going very well. So relaxing and like another type of, I'm going to say it.....'bonding' experience.

    Also noted Snickers running around in the pasture....absolutely none of the legs getting twisted up during canter or downward transitions...just a little popping in that right hind....maybe that is now the locking stifle part?
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        05-09-2013, 01:37 PM
    You know, thinking about locking stifle as one of the symptoms.....makes sense...a weak muscle cannot really keep the ligaments that she's gaining strength, it'll go away soon.
    You just keep riding.....
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        05-10-2013, 09:49 PM
    So I thought I'd share these two short videos. They are just of Snickers running around being silly. But you can in a couple spots where she slows from the canter to the trot and her legs are not all twisted up and/or bunny hopping. Like I said, she still has to seem like a little bit of a stifle lock up at times, but that's soooooo much better than her falling down and not being able to untangle her legs to function! As you can see, I have no problems with her wanting to run and play now.:)

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