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...
Seven years ago today, I rescued Lycius Two, my Lazarus. Today, the universe worked out that I had a work day free of appointments and major pressing items, my riding/barn owner/friend had an open day, kids were at their day area, it was 74 and sunny with no wind or bugs and fall color is in its final burst of glory.....so we enjoyed a 2 hour trail ride. And all four of us enjoyed it-the thoroughbreds were plucky but calm with sparks of humorous naughtiness. Just the best. A great way to quietly celebrate my partnership with my rescue.
Walking the field to our hidden trail
The two old men. Pito is 16 and Laz is 14
Loving to lead ...
The smell was incredible. Dry, sweet, earthy and crunchy. Fall rocks. Darkness sucks.
We stumbled on a stick teepee. So freaking cool. Who built it???
Wow...in the blink of a Bay horse's eye, 4 months have whizzed by.
Motherhood is crazy awesome, hard, inspiring, humbling and prideful. I found out I'm a lot stronger than I ever gave myself credit for. I also found out how lucky I am to have a husband who is an amazing Father and supportive families all around us.
Not that we haven't made mistakes or struggled..oh we have but came through on the other side smiling and hi-fiving! Teamwork baby.
Stone Anthony is just a fun, loving, happy precious baby boy. We are enjoying him so much. I was never a baby person but being his Mom is joyful. No joke-I still don't 'ohhhhhh goo goo' over babies, but mine, I see hearts. It's intense love.
In his Laz onesie. Ugh. Scrumptious!!
I do think being a dog & horse momma prior to Stone prepared me for being a human momma.
Our pups, Mason and Pudgie are still such an important part of our family. I know it changes for some but not for us. I love how Stone is growing up with dog fur and sloppy licks on his toes and is now reaching out to pet them. Laz has been a gentle giant and Stone just today reached out to pet him.
Heart. Be. Still.
We actually want to move closer to the barn to enjoy more of this life. We want Stone to grow up with dirt under his feet but also to know the City life in our travels. I want him to want to be a gentle animal lover and to respect them.
In the meantime we visit Laz, love on him and enjoy our family growing. More hands to love on Laz.
Stone Anthony came at 41 weeks and 3 days, on 1/14/15
9.1 lbs and 21.25" long
We are smitten with him and look forward to teaching him how to love animals among a billion other things in life.
He is starting by cuddling with Mason and Pudgie daily.
He will meet Laz once the weather breaks (Spring? March hopefully) and I'm aching to go see Laz soon. I have another week I have to wait out to heal properly and I'll be stuffing his face full of carrots and kisses.
In the meantime, I know he's happy and free to roam his pasture with his herd mates happily.
I look forward to my ex racer to be a Ponyface with my son and give him many rides of happiness (and me!)
Did you ever care about the weather before owning your horse? I swear, I'm like a make shift obsessed weather girl now.
"What's the precipitation today?!!?"
"Is it freezing rain or just rain??!!!"
"Snow..when? HOW MUCH WIND, I NEED TO KNOW--HOW MANY MPH??!!!"
It's all for the good of my ponyboy
At any rate, it's been relatively mild so far, I think. High to mid 30's
Hell, I'll take anything above 20 with a SMILE!!!
Yesterday afternoon I was able to sneak in time for a fun schooling session.
I haven't done much of this lately do to some hoof re-sectioning that we've been working on (more of that to come as I get more length of time in between for our dramatic results!! All great so far though!)
Laz was definitely wanting/needing some play/mind work
This is when I asked him for a canter on the line...uphill much?
Major zoomies but he was funny and great. He needed a release.
I also had my baby shower at 36 wks..the time is near.
Lucky to have these friends...not a one a horse girl, can you believe it?! Don't worry...I try to bribe all their children to ask for ponies, mwaa haaa haaaa!
Lots of temporary changes coming up.
Winter. Baby. Work. Easing into changes, etc.
I have no idea of how to really plan for it....all I know is no matter what, I hope my animal kids stay safe while I may be busy (and on the days I can't see Laz--ugh boarding an hour away can really be hard), and will be loved by us for life.
I look so forward to riding again. I dream of it often but nuzzling his sweet fuzzy face is a great source of happiness too.
No mas! Not a fan of snow pre December (or Christmas if I'm being honest)
We got a few inches and it was chilly con carne!
Fatty likes the snow though. He is just such an outdoorsy horse. I rarely find him in his stall unless it's really frigid, or HOT---he's in his stall more in the summer than ever.
I brought Mason out...my sweet boy isn't able to join me on every visit like his earlier years. He gets too sore, even just from the car ride. His left hind ACL is threatening to blow so I'm being so careful with him yet trying to give him the best quality of life too. I try to take him 1x a week now (vs before it was up to 4x a week---senior pets, it tugs your heart strings!!!)
Then it warmed up, all the snow was gone, it rained for three days but felt balmy. YES.
Laz watching deer and turkey out in the field
Back to cold again currently...
The barn owners put up this adorable wreath on the barn.