I'm hoping this video downloaded correctly...my computer was acting wonky!
This is from yesterday so you can see how he is getting along, limpy but working on it. I have to remember that Lazarus really hasn't moved much since October!! I'm sure his whole body is sore, unbalanced, and Cliff recommended that in the near future, getting a chiropractor out for him. Can't wait for that! I'm sure Laz will totally benefit from being worked on.
So basically what Cliff saw when he went out there on Wednesday, was what he expected. Laz's hoof that looks so awful is actually growing NEW hoof and we can feel it now that I know where to look. It's not soft tissue, it's hard hoof which he said is a good sign. He doesn't expect the hoof to slough (or shed off) but in case it does, he will cast it which I'm not 100% sure what that entails but he said it would add support and acts like the hoof that would be missing. I hope we don't have to do that, but if it happens, we have a method, so I guess that is good. He felt that there is NO indication that Lazarus won't recover. Yea!!! He thinks the wedges that Laz had with his shoes didn't help with his recovery and actually created a funky growth pattern to his hoof, which is why we can see more hoof growth on the outer side vs the inner. I am to walk him 10-15 minutes in the large, deeply sandy arena with boots on for a few minutes to warm him up, then remove boots (keep leg wraps on) and walk around and if he wants to play, let him play a bit and he is even OK to nibble on some grass for a couple of minutes as a little reward. That part makes me nervous but he stated because Laz's founder was a chemical founder, he can still have a Tiiiiiny bit of grass, NOT put on pasture, but just little nibbles. This is great mental work for Laz, as well as me. It will give us a chance to work on a different level together.
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...