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    06-01-2013, 10:54 PM
Well, I've been settling into the work force again. Trying to get a new regimen going for me and the horses. So, for a little more than a week, Snickers didn't have a whole lot of riding/exercise besides being turned out etc. I had also run out of vit E and there was one day that I had to half her high fat ration because I was lower on the feed than I thought and couldn't make it to the store until the next day.

Yesterday, I decided to lung Snickers to see what her noodles were doing exactly. She seemed a little more gimpy than she had been, but not anything major. So, I just rode her around the ranch a bit. I was a little worried.

Well, today was another day! I lunged her again first. She looked good, just a little lazier. However, it does seem that she may have gained a few pounds again. I was leaving her pasture open every other day since the grass is pretty eaten down.....but that is now ending again. So.....then I went to ride her int he arena and work on holding her jog and try to lope. She held her jog wonderfully for as long as I asked, without anticipating the lope at all. Then I asked for the lope and she took off moving forward. Her best was six smooth strides at once. She is getting soooo much better! More natural feeling. So, this must mean we are moving in the right direction!
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    06-02-2013, 08:05 PM
Ok, I got a video of Snickers trying to lope. It's not her best one, but you'll get the idea. This is NOT a riding critique....not the purpose of the video by any means.

    06-02-2013, 10:02 PM
Looking better each time!
I think now you can see a big difference watching footage from the beginning vs now
    06-02-2013, 10:31 PM
Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
Looking better each time!
I think now you can see a big difference watching footage from the beginning vs now
Really??? Excellent!! So good to hear!
    06-02-2013, 10:42 PM
Then we went on a trail ride....

And a very brief video.....

    06-02-2013, 10:46 PM
A candy bar in the jungle....
    06-03-2013, 12:12 AM
Dr. Valentine just emailed me after viewing the footage.....

Wow, still early days and she is looking so good. I LOVE the parade footage! Wonder what my little EPSM palomino mare would do there (I suspect a bit more than Snickers!).

Keep up the good work, and enjoy your new horse!

Beth V
    06-03-2013, 01:15 AM
Now you hopefully believe me
    06-03-2013, 09:19 AM
Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
Now you hopefully believe me

I can hardly remember what it was like when she couldn't slow down from a lope without her legs buckling and her having to make a complete stop. She couldn't jog from the lope at all...
    06-03-2013, 09:44 AM
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I can see a real difference in her - I think we're more critical or may less optimistic of our own horses because we stress more
Striking off at the lope has to be the hardest thing for her I'd think and she's doing a really good job of it

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