Snickers, the noodle-legged pinto
So, I have decided to start this thread, in place of the previous one....Snickers and the mysterious hind-end saga. I've enjoyed posting many of her recent accomplishments, and found it no longer should remain under the topic of 'horse health'.
She has a hind-end issue, not yet firmly diagnosed. Lots of guesses. She is being treated for EPSM with diet and exercise. She tested neg for Type I, but is not out of the woods for Type II. However, before I have subject her to a muscle biopsy to rule that out, I decided to start with the diet and exercise treatment, as recommended by Dr. Beth Valentine, DVM, PHD.
Her problem has limited her, but now she has improved. I continue on this journey with my wonderful stock pinto, because I believe in her for what she does offer, even if it is not perfection in some peoples' eyes. Despite her dysfunction, she is one remarkable horse.
So, I will start this journal with where I ended my last thread....with a picture of her showing her resiliance in preparation for doing her first parade, when she just turned four a week ago.
What a beautiful girl. Wishing you and her the best.
Today I rode Snickers with a huge human flag team flag. It was quite windy out today so it was perfect. I also had a 5 gallon jug on a rope that I pulled behind us. Not a care in the world. Tomorrow I will add a tarp to our ride.
I have also been riding Snickers at the trot for extended periods and even asking her to hold the trot where there is an incline, both up and down. After getting over my initial fear of 'her noodle legs are going to give out and we are going to fall', she actually carried me very well and kept on going!
While progress has been more subtle lately, I continue to see her using her legs differently while running off on her own with a new confidence in herself. I'm very happy.
Rode Snickers today with the scary stuff and included a tarp....she was a nutcase!!....(kidding)....couldn't ask for a better girl. She started picking everything up with her teeth and flinging it around. Parades here we come!!
I love Snickers! She reminds me SO much of my Aires.
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Forgot....after our spooking lesson...I rode Snickers around the ranch on the inclines again. This time, instead of slowing her to a walk from a trot at all on those areas, I kept her going! She did great, her little noodles didn't give out like I thought they would and she kept going without hesitation.
I also has to be a firm mother today. Many of times, I have given into her when she wants to slow down to a walk because I always feel like she is handicapped and needs a rest. Well, with as well as she has been doing, I decided to give that excuse up today....and instead of 'begging' her to go forward after my 'ask' cue....I 'told' her to keep going forward with a pop of the crop behind my leg. She listened and didn't try to slow again unless asked. And wouldn't you know????.....when I had to pop her with the crop, she survived the whole event...lol.
Is Snickers already 4? Aires will be 4 on May 7th. I can't believe I've had him two years already!
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