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        05-14-2013, 09:43 PM
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    Well, a little minor setback today....

    No riding today, but played in the arena with the ball today. I did notice a little bit of the locking up at the canter today. Maybe she is sore from trying to ride at the canter yesterday? Not major, I was just a little taken back.

    So, she will have off tomorrow and Friday. Friday is beauty day for the parade Saturday. So, she can have a little breather until then.
         
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        05-15-2013, 09:15 AM
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    Our Willow came in very hind leg stiff last night after months of being totally sound and full of 'go' and was coming back into work really well.
    I've put her out for a few hours this morning but not sure if this is going to be a repeat of last summer.
    Hope Snickers is OK
         
        05-15-2013, 10:51 AM
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    Originally Posted by jaydee    
    Our Willow came in very hind leg stiff last night after months of being totally sound and full of 'go' and was coming back into work really well.
    I've put her out for a few hours this morning but not sure if this is going to be a repeat of last summer.
    Hope Snickers is OK
    Poor baby...she's a beautiful girl. What lameness issues have you been dealing with? Hope she feels better too.
         
        05-15-2013, 11:21 AM
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    Last year she went from normal to totally seized up in pain in what seemed like a few hours. Our first thought was laminitis but that proved wrong, she had tests for cushings and IRS but they only came up with a low thyroid condition which she's on permanent meds for, she had a slightly elevated Lymes count so was treated with antibiotics but that made no difference. She was tested for EPSM gene but that was negative.
    We had her on box rest for a while and it seemed to go as suddenly as it came.
    Her diet etc hadn't changed at all so couldn't really blame it on that
    Its why I was interested on your high fat diet and I'm trying it with her & Flo who has poor muscle (related to IRS I think)
    I'm hoping that maybe she's just been kicked by one of the others or maybe twisted herself awkwardly trying to avoid being kicked as they do pick on her as the one leg does look slightly puffy this morning
    Its a pain as she's our steady girl and being a really good role model for Jazzie on the trails who still finds it far too exciting, she just ignores her where the other idiots would join in
         
        05-15-2013, 11:12 PM
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    Sorry Jaydee.....I do know how hard it is when you want to do nothing more than help them, but just can't figure the mystery out. Very frustrating. I hope it's just temporary for you.

    I did learn today, something positive about Snicker's trying to canter under saddle the other day.....one of my friends at the ranch saw the hopping she was doing going into the canter and she said it did not look like resistance or sassyness....just her trying to figure the whole thing out and get her body going. So, I'm happy to hear that.
         
        05-16-2013, 08:29 AM
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    Sorry Jaydee.....I do know how hard it is when you want to do nothing more than help them, but just can't figure the mystery out. Very frustrating. I hope it's just temporary for you.

    I did learn today, something positive about Snicker's trying to canter under saddle the other day.....one of my friends at the ranch saw the hopping she was doing going into the canter and she said it did not look like resistance or sassyness....just her trying to figure the whole thing out and get her body going. So, I'm happy to hear that.
    The vets given us banamine to ease her - more because we were worried that she might lie down and struggle to get back up - and advised to keep her in for a couple of days and then gradually increase turn out again just in case it is a reaction to the grass suddenly growing though you'd have thought at her age she'd have experienced it before. She's quite happy to be in as she enjoys feeling 'special' and getting regular visits from me!!
    The way you describe Snickers and the canter isn't unlike a milder version of what Looby does at this time of year - and when I first had her - to being asked to canter in a ring again rather than just in a straight line. Her legs also seem to get in a muddle and she's changing legs, getting all wound up and usually ends up having a bit of a broncing fit.
         
        05-16-2013, 11:27 AM
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    Yeah, it does sound familiar in the way you described Looby. Before this journey started, that's what Snickers would do....get all tangled at the canter in a circle and end of bronco bucking like she was trying to get herself straight...lol. It was as if she was upset at her own body not moving correctly. Would made it funny is she is so far from a bronco bucker personality wise.
         
        05-16-2013, 02:33 PM
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    Same with Looby - she's more on the lazy if she can get away with it side of things. Her spook and bolt off stuff when I first had her was more of a knee jerk panic reaction than her being a fizzy forward type. Her first trail ride she was shaking all over and I'm never sure if it was fear or excitement at a big wide open space
    Its funny how they are as Flo who has always been a hot ride is totally fearless and goes at life head on
         
        05-16-2013, 07:18 PM
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    Today I cantered Snickers under saddle again.....you know, I'm going to STOP saying canter and now start using western terms with her, jog and lope....because there is no canter in her and probably never will be...lol. I confirmed that today when asking for the lope. She looks like one of those western pleasure horses doing the lope in place almost. Total rocking horse motion, but at the speed of the walk. I've also been told in the past, that she has a western jog to die for since you can sit it since it's smooth as butter.

    Now, I have to figure out how to get her to move more forward....
         
        05-16-2013, 08:00 PM
      #50
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    Practice. She'll eventually get comfortable enough loping to find the strength for canter.
         

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