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...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SundaySunshine

Sunny Sunday. I went for a typical visit/groom session and wouldn't you know it but the warm sun, the Fall colors and my snoozy puppy dog of a pony lured me into a quick ride.
I.just.had.to.
It was like "Uh, OK stars are aligned...I'm doing this"
I had promised to not ride when alone but I just couldn't pass it up. With Fall in Michigan, it goes from glorious to wet/cold in a day, so I carpe diem'ed that shit and did it!
I just told Laz, "Pony...take care of us" and thought good thoughts. But more so, he gave me the vibes that all was going to be well. 
 I threw on his bitless and his bareback pad and hopped on.
At 29 weeks, (7 mths) my hop is a little heftier but my stoic pony just STOOD there....love this fraggle rocked maned of  a horse. Damn.
I'll tell you the dismount is MUCH harder to slide off when there is a hard belly in the way. Sorry baby that I smushed your face, but I think you enjoyed the ride too.
 We just walked around. Ambled really, it was lovely.
It felt good for me, and he seemed to enjoy his little job as well.
Jump, one day...in our future...one day....
 It was so quiet and peaceful during our ride. You can hear the squirrels running about, and the leaves gently falling, and Laz's big happy exhales
 #yesifilteredthecrapoutofthis #so
 I swear, I am the pregnant one....
Focus on the pretty leaves in his fat shadow instead
 Pokertown pony. My favorite....
 It's amazing how a ride, no matter if an amble or a trail ride, can just lighten my soul up
This may be my last ride until birth (early Jan??)....I don't know, but I thoroughly enjoyed it
 My sweets waiting after untacking for his cookies for his Rolex performance
I'm smitten for him. 
The obsession just doesn't quit...Le Sigh

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On Monday, Laz got floated
He goes along so well, doesn't hardly move and all without sedation.
Thanks for Miles's Mom for giving us this Equine Dentist's name years ago! He's the best
During his jaw breaks, Laz was walk towards me like "uh saves me....??" it was quite funny.

More positive hoof changes took place but I'm going to allow a bit of time to pass before posting so I can hopefully show some dramatic growth changes
Keep your fingers crossed for us

Monday, October 13, 2014

whittle whittle whittle at a time....

These are from yesterday (sunday)
 There is still a lot of wedge in the toe area but my goal is to rasp it enough just so it doesn't hit ground when he trots.
I rasped, lunged him (he is sound sound sound right now!!) and trimmed a bit more...



 I'll be so happy when the heel backs up to support the back of his foot.
I rasped the heel wall to allow the tubules to try to stand up vs being crushed/under run...
we'll see if it works.

Saturday morning
This sleepy fluff head stands for 40 minutes like an ANGEL so I can Clean Trax his hoof
Worth his weight in gold
So, what do you do for 40 minutes?!
Selfies....




 You can sheaths (I'll spare you any photographic evidence)...
You trim Tina Turner manes 
PS I'm keeping it long for winter protection 
 A bit cleaner and oh SO nerdy

 "Bored, I'z bored"
Don't let him fool you, he is quite used to and loves his 'spa treatments' and to be doted on 
Such a clown

Friday, October 10, 2014

The definition of insanity

So on 9/24 Laz showed signs of an abscess..but shockingly enough in his LH, which is typically his good hoof
Well, why not change up the drama a bit?
He wouldn't walk on it, his leg was swollen from hoof to hock. I had the vet out the next day just to make sure it wasn't a torn tendon. It wasn't.
It took about a week (should have taken less but I finally broke down despite being told not to do it, and did my abscess pulling trick; soak hoof, dry, slather on ichthammol, put a plastic baggie on, and boot for 24 hrs)
Oh, and I also removed bar. Like a ton of bar.
 Abscess popped after booting. Minor swelling lasted another 24 hours (cold hose, yes why not?) and there were two exit points. One at coronary/hair line (see below) and one on lateral quarter where he was jammed.
Damn. 
I made a decision to start trimming him on my own for a while. There are things that I think he likes/needs and I'm going to buck up and do them.
Bars; very conversational but Laz's seem to impact/fold quickly and then cause issues. I am doing to ramp them to encourage proper height/placement. With him being on grassy/sand pasture he can't really wear them down on his own. I've left them and they cause issues. 
Take this hoof for example; his LF (splat foot being his RF is a club)
When I don't take out bars/ramp to sit up...he lands more toe forward. He had in fact 2 weeks of a slightly swollen tendon. After removing bar slowly over a few days, he stood more square and swelling went away. Hmmmm
Balance; he has seemed out of balance to me as of late. Toes too long, medially to lateral balance off, so being that I see angles as a career, I'm going to tackle this on my own to see if I can get him in a better spot. We'll see how this goes

 Sometimes, like Pudgie shows below...you just have to stop and think...

This is why I'm here:
I'm amazing what going back and looking at old photos does.
This was his RH back in 2012

To me, a much better/healthier hoof to what was in August, below
Damn. 
My last trimmer and I saw most things eye to eye (removing dead tissue/aggressive bar, keep toes backed up, etc) and so I'm doing back to her route of thought/practice
I'm not happy with his hoof especially after the last cast which basically girdled his hoof. 

So, by removing the hoof wall and dead/damaged laminae I'm hoping to get a better/new growth and connection
Saturday below:
Wed, sprayed with Thrush spray (keep in mind he is on turnout so it's impossible to keep 100% clean but I'm chasing it)
 Saturday below, compared to...
 To Wednesday...see that hairline?? GROWTH? Already a better angle?
We'll see....
I'm watching toe/heel balance, everything...I know more toe can go but I'm trying to give him days to adjust to things that I'm doing vs all at once. 
 Wed sole shot
He is showing no signs of lameness or issue..in fact he's happy to roam and munch
He will be having many soaks coming up to keep bacteria at bay and encourage new growth

Wish us luck!


Monday, September 22, 2014

Weekend play time

This is what 8 am looks like. 
Two puppies breathing on us to remind us "FEED US!!!!" in a sweet manner
We fed the pups and decided to enjoy the nice Fall day and get outside
We headed downtown Detroit (we live about 20 minutes north of downtown) to this great coffee shop
for a gooey bar, almond croissant, a lavender latte and a regular coffee
 Billy boy has himself a sweeeet tooth!
 The ambiance is fantastic at that coffee shop. Downtown Detroit has a very cool revival and we try to support it as much as we can. Coming from living in Chicago (Suburbs), Detroit was built backwards in my opinion with lack of public transit, and not embracing a water view with international access/view BUT there are fantastic things happening to this humble city, and we choose to support it.
After our caffeine surge, we headed to one of the US's largest farmers market, Eastern Market
There are several large sheds and hundreds of vendors with local produce, cheeses, meats, etc
It's fantastic
 After our Detroit fun day, it was time to drive north an hour to see the pony
Double snuggle with Laz & Pito
They were both convinced I had treats in my belly...uh no
It was SO nice and I'm super sad about not trail riding (I've just decided to pasture hacks for during pregnancy) that I wanted to still enjoy the weather, my horse and the trail.
So....we all hoofed it.
I put Laz's padded slipper boot on his RH just to be extra careful and we were off

 Cutting through the sweet neighbor's pasture to our trail system of heaven
 Laz was funny. He was snorty and prancing for a bit, clearly excited to be out.
He hasn't been on the trail since we rode it alone in April (le sigh)
 It was a good decision to hand walk him, he was definitely not 100% confident and chill and I can't blame him. Lack of constant exposure leads to that but he was great via in halter. He is a pony that does best with repetition so I just set us up for success
 SNORT!
 About one minute after this photo we came  head to head with a cyclist on the narrow path and Laz jumped backwards about 15 feet. Poor guy was just so startled! He almost sat on Billy who was walking behind
The cyclist was super cool and stopped and allowed us to pass by slowly. I'm not sure I would have sat that spook or not if I were in saddle? Maybe...big maybe. Or maybe I would have eaten dirt over his left shoulder. 
 It was a super fun walk, we covered 4 miles and enjoyed the gorgeous trails. I hope to do it again soon
  After we returned home, we enjoyed rustic homemade sourdough toast with fresh MI mozzarella and heirloom grape and currant tomatoes
Pretty much a perfect Saturday!