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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).
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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Walking on with Laz

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.


  1. This is awesome news, Kristen! I am SO happy for you and Laz. =)

  2. The video hurts to watch but Cliff's words are very reassuring. I am sure it will be a slow recovery, but hey, a few weeks ago there was no option for recovery! So you are way ahead of schedule.

  3. Your poor boy! He looks like walking just sucks, but on a lighter note, he did seem to enjoy being out. I am glad that Cliff is so optimistic. My prayers are still flowing for you and your boy.

  4. Laz is strong and Cliff wouldn't give you false hope, I am sure. Continual thoughts and good prayers your way! I hope Laz enjoys his tiny nibbles.

  5. Good news all around!

  6. He looks better than I expected. Sure he's limping and uneven, but look at how he's marching along and kind of business-like about it. I think it looks very positive.

    Um, yeah, wedges can be downright destructive. Not only do they mess with the normal growth, they put additional stress on the toe and tip of the coffin bone.

  7. He does have some momentum and pep to that walk! Go LAZ! Great news from Cliff. This is such an incredible journey you are on! Truly, you are also helping others who might be walking in Laz's shoes!

  8. Pony Girl, I think you mean walking in Laz's boots! Lol. Sorry, couldn't resist.
    I totally agree with Annonymous that, though Laz looks slightly gimpy, it's really not that bad. He's moving, which is SO important! The more a horse moves, the more his feet grow.
    Kristen, here's an article on hoof casting (which you might have already seen!) -- http://www.hoofrehab.com/hoofcast.htm. It seems like casting is not that big of a deal.
    Anyways, soooo happy that the big guy is truckin' along and staying strong. Ya gotta love those TBs -- they are ALL heart!
    Hugs to Laz! :-D