Khaleesi: PSSSM – Alleviating Pain

Caroline Ingraham Animal Chronicles

Khaleesi The Horse With Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (PSSM)Khaleesi suffered a severe tie-up during a cattle drive. Her breeding showed PSSM (Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy) a genetic muscle disorder that can be managed but not cured. Life on a rural cattle ranch is hard and who knows what would have happened to her if she had not been rescued by Diana Hagemann-Milenkovitch at the Double H Equine Foundation and Sanctuary, Sedona. Khaleesi’s is in so much pain. If she istouched she will show aggression, even a gentle brushing would bring on pinned ears and grinding teeth.  Caroline worked with her during the Sedona Equine Classes and we have the following feedback:

Two Weeks Later

Khaleesi trotted to the gate for the first time since she arrived in April 2016, to greet me. Khaleesi continues to crave comfrey leaf, she is drinking from both the wintergreen and birch water buckets, as well as the carrot seed water bucket (I ran out of yarrow). Khaleesi continues to select barley grass and liquorice root but in smaller quantities. Everyone is commenting on how much softer she looks and she seems to be moving with less pain. When she is feeling good, she lines up her droppings at the back of the fence, she has not done this in a long time, and is doing it again:) She is still loving her herbs and oils. She drinks a bucketful of water with wintergreen added to it every day. Facebook post: Kimberly. ..omg..this made me cry ... I love her and have experienced her pain first hand ... this is HUGE!

Three Weeks Later

“My equine bodyworker was out this past Monday and for the FIRST time since she has been working with Khaleesi (almost 2 years) she has been able to touch her and get the release signals that a normal horse would give. Khalessi allowed her to work parts of her shoulders that were absolutely off limits in the past. We can hopefully now help her muscles physically to relax even further. We are also noticing that Khaleesi is no longer laying down for extended periods of time and when she is laying down she gets up right away when approached, walking off almost normally… no more tail swishing (from pain), or stiff robotic movements. Diana Hagemann-Milenkovitch

The full story can be seen in Animal Self-Selection, released January 2019.