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...

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Hoof update for Laz


For those of you who don't know, Laz foundered a billion years ago (7 to be exact) and I/some amazing trimmers have been working on rehabbing his right hind hoof since. We have gone through 5 trimmers and back to our favorite who works with us long distance and helps correct/maintain and I trim in between. So Laz may get trimmed 4-6x by them in a year and I whittle every few weeks in between. 
Anyhow, it's been a long while since I posted about it. Here are OLD photos from October 2014....

Soft crushed sole with so much bar issue/damage

Laminar wedge. Yikes. And off bi laterally big time  
Crushed heels
Wedge and bruising oh my

And now some comparisons from this past week:
Some positive growth. Currently using silversol spray 
Seems like toe can still come back a ways BUT I get nervous to bare too much off so I will discuss with my trusted trimmers 
Much better connection happening in hoof wall as it grows down and out
The sole is still soft in parts but the wall in beginning to develop a bit better. Heels are still crushed and forward/long toe but I'm slowly pulling back allowing the sole some elevated protection-it's so flat. Hard to tell from sole shot photo! 
Thoughts?!



Friday, February 12, 2016

Sneaking in time


Or 
A blizzard visit is worth a kiss

Thursday, December 10, 2015

We moved! Laz didn't

I'm laying here in bed, with no internet or cable happily writing this. Sometimes I long for the quiet of no tv yet I'm also stupidly addicted to reality nonsense tv (Bravo and E!) the food network and cooking channel. I have my husband snoring away and my almost 11 month son in the middle happily snoozing. And I can write. Ahhhhh.
We are also surrounded by boxes! 
Boxes that we packed and brought here, to our new home. New to us but it's actually a 1977 contemporary quad. It's open and airy and there's deer that snack on our neighbors apple tree. It's in a suburban subdivision that has a huge field with a park, track and a pond that looks like a small lake. I want to bring Laz over for a day (although I'm sure the city will ticket me) but one can dream. It puts me about 15 minutes closer to the barn. Every minute counts. 
Laz is doing well. He's healing from a slip (??) and had a slightly stocked up RH leg. That hoof still doesn't have the same sole or traction so I'm not shocked he slipped. There were tons of gallop, er slow canter skid marks in their soft pasture and with this wet Spring like weather, it's that recipe.  He's fine and I cold hosed several times but no riding or any work as he heals. I won't wrap/stall because he would go bonkers town and it seemed very minor. 
We brought Stone out to visit and hopes to get great photos but he is PETRIFIED of Laz. Like shock, screamed and cried. I've never seen him react that way and poor Laz just wanted to nuzzle and snort in him. For Stones sake (and to keep his future therapy costs down) we kept the fence in between them. Come this Spring we will work on this. Hopefully my child loves horses or at the very least isn't going to shit his pants in public at the sound of clip clopping 




The night of our move-14 hours of moving!
Mason (12.5 yrs) loving his bigger front/back yard. We wish Pudgie could have come. We miss our sweet deceased Frenchie so much





Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Serendipity

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???
Such a fun 2 hours. SoulFULL. 
Thanks Buddy. 
Glad we found each other 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Baby barn

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. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Our new little rider

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. 
Crazy.

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!)


Friday, December 19, 2014

Sunny December..what?!

 I literally cherish the sunshine. Especially on cooler days.
Today, after work, it was a mild 30 and sunny. No wind. It felt like Spring.
I decided to grab Mason who hasn't been to the barn (old man has been struggling a little lately so I've been spreading out his visits-my loyal co-pilot) in a while and head out.
Carpe Diem bitches. Sunny, and especially knowing I have the babes coming soon, I wasn't going to let this day slip by.
Belly BUMPIN'...You can see my feet but I can't ;)
I'm happy to say that in my 37+ week I can still pick/trim hooves, groom, etc. Riding not so much although if my Hubbie had been with me, I would have done it today.
Mason playing in the winter field (no snow--huurah!)
Flip flopping around

Chewing on one of our future xc logs in the field
 He was literally trying to pick it up
"MOM..I found the bestest stick everrrrr!!"

 
"COME ON STIX!!!!!"
Bless his lumpy heart
***
Speaking of lumps.
FatLaz in trotting action. We played at liberty today
(yes I had treats in my pocket. Fatty is food motivated)
His hoof resection is looking good. I'm planning on doing a white lightening soak this weekend to keep on top of any possible disease at bay but he is moving sooooo awesome
 He was a snuggle puss. Really into wanting to play/please
 Smiles all around
oh and double chins.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Early December ...

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.
Holy. Shit.

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.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Chilly & Warm November

So, it snowed in November. 
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.

Norman Rockwell eat your heart out

Sneak peek of our family photo session
Our gray faced angel boys...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

fat land

"cooook eezz?"
 crunch crunch slurp wap crunch gulp
 "morrrrrez"

All is well in Laz land. 
He is in total (temporary) pasture pet mode. Getting fat, fuzzy and enjoying new hay delivery
Hoof photos to follow soon, waiting on some time to get a good before, mid, after shots.

Monday, November 3, 2014

6 year anniversary

Nov 3, 2008--official purchase of my Lycius Two, aka Lazarus
Age 7

My sweet boy today, six years later
A happy, calm, goofy but spirited boy
Age 13
We celebrated by taking family photos all together last evening...can't wait to see how they turned out.
It's no easy task; Husband, Pregnant at 7.5 months, a Frenchie, a Chocolate Lab and Laz (who was the easiest out of all)

Mason also had his yearly play date with his real brother (littermate) Baker 
It's crazy that one year later, they still recognized each other and played like young pups.
He's sore today, at age 11.5 yr old, but that is to be expected
Mason is the one without a collar






Enjoying the last of Fall days...hating the daylight savings
Who made that rule up anyway??!!