Shady was sent to me from Emberly for a second chance. In her younger years, she was involved in a tragic accident which ultimately lead to the complete amputation of her tail. In the early stages of her recovery, the wound became infected, and she contracted a skin disease very common in So Soft ponies. Though initial symptoms only present on the surface, it often develops into what is thought to be a chronic, or even fatal condition if the affected skin is not removed. Though she comes to me at a somewhat advanced stage of the disease, itÂ´s not too late for me to try to treat it without risk to ShadyÂ´s life. If the treatment fails, a radical procedure known as deflocking will become necessary, followed by any procedures that might be needed in order to correct any problems that might be revealed by the deflocking. Deflocking is the complete permanent removal of the fuzzy outer layer of skin from all over the body. In So Soft ponies, such as Shady, this procedure results in the pony taking on the characteristics of a standard pony, and should permit the patient to go on to live a normal life. Once she is cured by whatever means becomes necessary, we will discuss the possibility of fitting her with a prosthetic tail to help her feel better about herself.