Nick is an appaloosa. My friend is a breeder and I was looking for a nice 2-3 year old to break myself. She didn't have any; she only had yearlings and I didn't want to wait. She checked with a neighbor who had one of her babies. This gal bought Nick as her breeding stud but the poor guy was cyptorchid. So she had to geld him and then she threw him out in the pasture with her draft gelding and pretty much ignored him. I asked if she would sell him and she said yes. He was totally a brat when I got him.
He is a wonderful horse. He lives about 8 miles from me at the stables and is in a 48 by 60 paddock with a shelter. He is a great great horse. I can do anything on him. He is 15.2 and just your average western build. He was black with just a small white blanket and spots on his butt. Now he is light gray with spots all over. Like magic he changed! He winnnies for me every time I get there. He seems to know I have horrible balance issues now and is very very careful with me. He has never tossed anyone ever. He is baby gentle.
He is rock solid sound at 20 (going on 21). He is a real easy keeper....been barefoot for years now. He rides best in a plain old snaffle.
So back to your question. I don't know about the leg numbness. You are right that that sounds like a pinched nerve. I don't get anything like that. I have a bad left knee from MS. I have a lot of spasticity in that left leg and after an hour or so in the saddle my left knee hurts real bad but I can alleviate some of that by letting my foot out of the stirrup and letting my foot dangle. It is a bit nerve racking with my balance but I manage ok.
My numbness isn't transient. I know some with MS have numbness that comes and goes. Mine doesn't. I have constant numbness on a skin level from my mid shins down. I have mild numbness in my left hand and especially thumb. My other issues are constant vertigo and balance problems. I have nystagmus in my eyes (mild). I have bladder and bowel problems. I have spasticity in my left leg and upper back and neck. I lost the vision in my right eye a couple months ago but that is trying hard to come back. I have some fatigue issues.
Ok that is enough for now. I am glad to be talking to you susie. The horse connection is nice.
Gretchen ~ diagnosed with MS July 2006
I have no lesions on my soul and so I will live with no limits.