One of my favorite b-day cards ever...from one of my sweet Cousins. I mean, could this be any more tailored to suite?! A brown horse wrapped in a ribbon?! Love it and have it tagged on my work board where I can see it every day and smile.
Per Cliff's recommendation and his last visit, he wanted even more room for Lazarus to roam and start building his strength back up, and a moving horse in his eyes is a healing horse. So we did, now he has the entire dry paddock, enough room for two horses, all to himself. He is HAPPY and more importantly- moving!! We break up his hay in small piles around his paddock to encourage it too.
Cliff posing with Laz! :)
Our new routine involving Laz and I going for a 10-15 walk in the large arena. First 3-5 minutes are with boots on to warm up his muscles, then I remove boots, and we continue walking around. It's great, I mean GREAT to be able to do this with him. After our 'work out', I bring him back to his paddock where I unwrap his legs and leave him bootless and wrap-less to air out for about 1-1/2 hour or whatever time I have. Then I bring him back into his stall, reboot, etc and reward with little Cliff approved carrots (one carrot broken into tiny pieces to make it last).
I'm taking this opportunity to work on his ground manners and increase his confidence. This corner was always where he would spook, and blow out sideways when riding, so now we are walking DEEEEEP into that corner and allowing a little bit of grass reward (with Cliff's approval of course) to ensure that this corner won't kill him. I hope to do more desensitizing with Laz in the arena as he gets better and stronger and is able to do longer work. Maybe tarp work, large beach balls, etc. I'm happy to make the most of our time to keep his mind busy and healthy.
Already he's acting like "Why was I scared of this delicious corner?!"
Here is a front shot of Laz's right rear- you can really see what the wedges did in uneven hoof growth. Hopefully after a few more months, his inside will grow strong, Cliff said he sees new hoof growth there now.
Laz obviously stand odd due to his laminitis, but he will get stronger. I just love being able to have pictures of him with NOTHING on him, no boots, no shoes, no wraps. I think he's looking very handsome. He really is enjoying our time out and I'm very cautious to keep it light and timed as to not exhaust him. The BO suggested I leave his wraps off today to see how he does. If she sees him stocking up, she'll wrap him for me. I'll be back out tomorrow to check/work with him and we'll keep trying to wean him off the wraps as he's moving more.
I know some of my entries may seem a little mundane but like a lot of you suggested, this will work as a journal of how's he's doing, what we are doing and what works and doesn't, so maybe someone else in our situation can read about options for their horse.
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