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        09-02-2012, 04:34 PM
    If it is indeed Guiillan Barre, it may be very likely that you will get over it. If it is another neurological problem such as MS or myesthenia gravis, there are good treatments that will get you back on your feet. Don't give up yet. You might want to consider getting another opinion or three if you don't get completely better. I am glad that you are getting better.
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        09-02-2012, 05:09 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by Customcanines    
    Sorry you are going through all this. Nibbles is a beautiful girl!

    Glad you are going to keep her, because look at the joy on your face. That kinda "good feeling" is priceless and you will need as much of that as you can get to get through the tough hurdles ahead.

    Keeping you in my prayers.
        09-02-2012, 05:16 PM
    I can't imagine a more important 'potential' for any horse than being the one thing that gets someone up in the morning, makes them smile, and gives them the will to live, and a reason to enjoy that life. Nothing else that any horse could ever do even comes close to that! Enjoy her, and best wishes for the two of you.
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        09-02-2012, 09:10 PM
    Actually, Celeste, it is CIDP, but the common term is chronic Guillan Barre. There is no cure, and I will have it the rest of my life, but there will be ups and downs. As I told my poor neurologist "I don't care if I can walk, as long as I can ride, I"M FINE!"

    THanks you and all of the others for your good wishes!!!
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        09-02-2012, 09:47 PM
    I'm very sorry you're going through this, it has to be tough.

    Remember that horses don't have self-imposed expectations to live up to. They are perfectly content grazing all day and being fussed over by their owners. You're doing no disservice to her in keeping her. Sure, she won't learn collection or flexion or subtle leg yields, but what does it matter to her? If you're happy with her, keep her.
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        09-02-2012, 11:39 PM
    Can you find a way to talk with other riders with disabiliites? They may have some intriqueing suggestions on how to get around some of the limits you have.

    Also, Nbbles is gorgeous, and though she may not be developed as a riding horse to her full potential, I doubt she feels that her life is less valuable or interesting living it as your "pet". All that matters is stability, companionship and lots of good food.

    Come to think of it , that's what matters to me! Especially the good food part!
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        09-02-2012, 11:56 PM
    Keep her! Give her a forever home regardless of your state of health. Once she leaves you then you have zero control over her health and happiness. As someone who follows rescue work closely, there's no guarantees in a horses' life that a good situation will stay a good situation when you move a horse on.

    Nibbles has a far better life with you than most horses and if you ask her, I bet she'd beg you to let her stay.
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        09-03-2012, 03:21 PM
    Green Broke
    Glad to hear the news that you are improving & have been able to ride a bit. That is wonderful! She sounds like a great little horse & just perfect for you-so enjoy!
        09-03-2012, 05:35 PM
    Customcanines - I am so glad to hear you are keeping your girl. I also am a horse owner with a chronic debilitating disease. About four days a month I can barely move, and it's those days I tell myself "get your arse out of bed and go live!" I don't ride on those days, actually I can barely hold a lunge line on those days. So I groom as much as I can and then free lunge. Makes me feel good to move and gets my horse working. My horse is probably the reason I'm more positive about life than even before I was diagnosed.

    I visit some sites that are supportive about riders with disabilities. PM me if you would like me to share them with you!

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