About this Blog

Meet my very 1st horse, Lazarus.
I couldn't wait for Santa anymore or ask one more time for a pony for my bday (after age 30 it got embarrassing). I took matters in my own hands and I finally decided to pick a pony that needed a new home. Laz found me as I contemplated with this idea. He was sweet yet very sassy, fresh off the track, Thoroughbred (OTTB).
Join us for our re-training, rehabbing from laminitis and testing all parts of mixed up horsemanship and partnership, and luck...

Monday, August 25, 2014

A damn good ride

This boy.
He has been worth all the struggle in the past. He is just a damn great horse.
There was something in his eyes, years ago, that told me how sweet he was/is. More so, IS.
He has turned to be very loyal, trusting and loves to seek loving affection.
A far cry from the antsy, nervous, dancing pony I had even just a few years ago.
Patience is key. And turnout ;)
Tacking up for a much needed ride in the pasture
Laz just ground ties like a champ. I never use cross ties with him. Not that I can't, but he doesn't need it and it's great to not be limited to one section of the barn area.
Him just being curious and turning around to smell/touch things. Love him

Standing still as a statue for him as I mount up, lazy ears
Our sun bleached hair matches...what can I say?
Just loving on this guy

He has been so sound and fluid lately, it's great!
Stretching/snorting during a trot
This is why I ride with crazy long reins, I love to allow him to stretch down and release his back muscles
Opening up his trotting stride 
I love how Laz doesn't care if the other two are out grazing while we ride. In fact, he's focused and happy

Working on our canter a bit. I love his neck below. I hate how I curled up like a perched frog lol
My forever bad habit below, leaning forward, pulling knees up. UGH.
Good boys get good pats!
Definitely need to lower my stirrups a hole...
but look at my beautiful chunky boy
It was a lovely, relaxed ride for us both. Just what I needed and I think, him too

Not bad for an OTTB who took his momma and his future brother (I'm 5 months pregnant) on a fun little ride
I'm so lucky to have this ponyface boy and so is our future baby.
I can't wait to have him give pony rides as well as trail ride again (next year).
I've got some girls (that I trust immensely) lined up to ride Laz this Fall for when I get too big so he can still go out and enjoy trail rides.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Barn Sitting

I was on horse duty while the BO's took a week long vacation.
I call it my Barn Two a days.
While it can prove to be tiring (driving 40 minutes each way, twice a day, during my full work week) it also is the BEST way to start/end my day.

Mason was my loyal barn companion. He loved, loved, loved getting to go the barn this much and was TIRED from it. It's a lot of an 11 year old Lab to be a farm dog ;)

Driving through the front pasture...
Laz sniffing his wary brother
There are 3 huge stalls and they choose to nap together...
Pony highlights in the am sunlight
Wrapping up one evening with a selfie
Tucking Tinkerbelle into her stall for the evening while the two big boys go out to graze
A feather in his path...what does that mean? Good things I hope :)

 One evening, a slow meander out to the large pasture...spoiled.Pony.Alert.

One evening Laz running around like a fool getting excited for the big turnout. They are on 24/7 turnout on short grass but only 9-12 hrs on the larger pastures
 "OK serieeesly, can Iz go out now to eatz?"

Pudgie is NOT a fan of the barn. He much prefers a lap or a pillow

Monday, July 28, 2014

Most of July

Looking back, July typically is my month with the least amount of Laz photos. Usually due to work, vacation, hot days or quick visits. I still see him as much, but we tend to do less work.

Here he is following his Dad in our car as we drove in for a visit before we left for a week for the beach on a fantastic, relaxing vacation
We went to Frankfort/Elberta on the upper west side of Michigan, which has some of the best restaurants, Lake Michigan beaches, and views
Frankfort public beach
Benches fill up for sunsets ...
or you can walk the break wall to the lighthouse
Farmers market bounty

 This was our private boardwalk to our beach, which was rarely used!
 Hang gliders and Parasailors fly above the fog
 Building a fire for us for s'mores by sunset
Back home!
 The Prince got a much needed bath (and a man pocket cleaning) on a high 80's day
 This is our typical 30 minute visit when I'm able to pop in during the work week
We hope your summer is going well!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Easy June days

One thing I've learned with Laz is, time rules all.
He just needs time to recover from his fall?slip?mystery lameness
He's got it. 
Here is he just loving life with Pito, grazing in their short field
 Tinkerbelle in all her glory. She had a bit of a laminitic episode but severely limiting grazing to short field and muzzle got her right back, quickly.
The grass this Spring has been LUSH LUSH LUSH
 The Tres Amigos
This place is really quiet and peaceful. Perfect for when your pony just needs to chill and recover
 Speaking of chilling....
 Even though I haven't been riding Laz, he's been getting just as many kisses and snuggle times
 My Mom visiting kissing her grandhorse...and feeding him organic dandelion greens like any good Greek Yiayia would. He LOVES them
 He also loved her diamond ring and kept nibbling it!
Vet visit #4?? Just maintenance to check on Laz and adjust plan/meds etc
This time I had my trimmer out and the plan was to sedate Laz so he could apply two casts to his hoof for support to see if it helped his lameness
I'm so lucky to have not only a supportive team but one that gets along.
It's not often a Vet supports the Holistic side but she is game if it helps her Western side.
Chiro work along with Equioox-check
Barefoot work along with turnout/rest-check
She even stayed an extra hour plus to make sure he walked off OK, which is awesome. They were both there well over two hours.
I don't know why but I hate sedating Laz..it's just sad to me. 
However it helped him relax comfortably so we could get a good strong casting on him.
His RH Hoof prior to cast/trim

 After cast...sedated potato on legs
It's been almost week in his cast and he's looking great.
We've been cleared to start riding at the walk or doing light walk/ground work
We'll take it.