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, 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
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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!
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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.


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Dealing with lameness

Oh Lazaroo!
I had the vet out last Thursday to see what was up with Laz. I had suspected an abscess and then that caused him to walk funny, then become sore in his hind end. But a couple weeks later?
After her evaluation, she thought he looked like he had taken a spill. As in, fallen down.
He was humping his back and just showing overall soreness.
She treated him with Equioxx and Banamine and left us with a 5 day supply of Equioxx for continued pain support. Poor Boo!
Needless to say, I haven't ridden him since his 'abscess' and surely wouldn't hop on with him walking around like a stiff old man.
We are permitted to do 'soft' ground work, freestyle no lunging just yet as he needs rest
Below we worked on some soft pressure releasing of his face and legs while he stood.
 Below is his processing face. I only 'played' with him as long as he seemed interested, because when I don't feel good, I have a short span of patience. I can only assume the same for him.
 This was prior to vet's arrival, just some grazing time with Mason in one of the pastures

 We have a recheck tomorrow to see how he's feeling in comparison.
He's also been put on selenium as his levels were extremely low (most of MI is testing low fyi this year) and he's eating it well (with cocosoya added to it of course)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Spring Toes

My Arab looking OTTB
Had to pull out the soaking boot with clean trax a couple of weeks ago.
Either an abscess popped or something was causing him to be a bit foot sore. Prior to our starting them back on the grass pastures too :/
I did find a hole/thrushy spot in his RH frog so this soak cleaned it out 
After the soak I booted him, and here he was napping the next morning
I walked over and rubbed his back and hips and he groaned and stretched 
Sweet boy
He was walking 99% better so I unbooted him
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We celebrated Billy graduating with his Masters in Education from Michigan State University
Go Green!
My grad hubby
and back to the ponies...er pony in fact.
Tinkerbelle in her stall finishing her morning hay.
Some video stills from my BO of the horses out to pasture for an hour that evening.
They were THRILLED
Look at Tink below, lol!
Laz was RUNNING like a true race horse out there...and then promptly stopped and stuffed his face
The two sleepy puppies enjoying open windows and spring weather
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Mother's Day brunch...boy it was great. 
 French food and Moms go hand in hand
My cousin and I took my Mom and Aunt out and had a great time
 Back at the barn
Both my chocolate men are..uh, grazing. Mason is mid snap lol!
 Laz has mostly shedded out his winter coat
 Looking back at some noise on our walk.
He still needs a bath and a mane trim but he is shiny on his own accord!


Monday, May 5, 2014

Kentucky!

After last year's girls trip to the Rolex, I convinced my Husband, Mom and Dad to go.
Plus, my Nephew is finishing his first year at UK (GO CATS)
Trying to pack for a fun little getaway....somehow, he also knows when we are set to leave
 This one? Not so much ;)
Our Waffle house stop on our way from MI to KY
Yes, I had their hashbrowns instead of waffles
We met up with my Nephew Thursday night did a bit of what we like to call "Gear up!"
My husband and I with my Parents, capping off the evening with cappuccinos and dessert (a fantastic place to visit!) at Shakespeare's in Lexington
Friday, we decided to go to Keeneland's closing day
Upon entering, we saw this glorious gelding
Ironic being this day was also Laz's 13th birthday!

 Our first race, the gates were right in front of us...lucky!
 My pick didn't win but I wanted him anyway :)
 Down in the paddock, viewing our picks for the next race
 Billy and my fam really enjoyed it
 There is something so amazing about horse racing, and somber. It's a conflicting, heart beating, emotional, exciting ride.

 Excuse the wind/rain blown hair (YIKES it looks like Laz's forelock) but that's my big winning chestnut in the background. I made $19 off my $1 bet. Boom.
Of course, like any overly compassionate better, I lost it all on the next race ;)
Our Nephew, looking so preppy and dapper. He fits quite well in KY now


Then, Saturday, our only day at the Rolex
Enjoy the XC photos
Such drama and skill and heart and athleticism and bravery!!!


 Found my 'friend' Caitlyn from OTTB Designs on the course which was FUN
Watching ponies fly by, sitting next to my love, while getting a tan?!
YES please
PS I also worked over a walking taco which was glorious in it's own right








 Billy loves a draft or draft x
 My fave shot below

 Now many of you that visit, probably think, ohhh I want to be an eventer!
Yes, I do too, but I'm too much of a chicken shit so I found myself thinking "Ohhh I want to be a volunteer here with Laz as my mount and just stand for 6 hours having people pet him!!"








What a fantastic trip it was!!!