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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 18, 2010

Wind is to OTTB's as Caffeine is to ADD

Oh, yes my sweet bay boy was a total nut job today!
Recognize this face below?!
He was a bratty fire breathing dragon today who reminded me that he needs A LOT of ground manners still and a lot of calming in his life. I haven't seen this side of him in a long while. It may mean he's feeling better, being he was able to run around like a MANIAC and squeal and hop and rear, but he scared the crap out of me. I do not like being in his small paddock while he's wheeling his BIG body around with his OTTB tunnel vision of "I DON'T SEE YOU..ONLY MONSTERS...I CAN'T HEAR YOU...I CAN'T SEE YOU...WHAT WAS THAT???!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

He didn't stand for being groomed meaning he wasn't into it. Lots of ear pinning, tail swishing, coiled up with nerves because of the wind, noise of neighbors running their muscle cars up and down their driveway. The perfect recipe for a meltdown. At one point, Laz knocked his own feed tub with his own knee and jumped back like "WHAT WAS THAT?!"
I groomed him anyway but he was only OK with his right side being groomed and when I stood at his left he was freaking out, like "OH MY GOD..KNIVES IN MY BODY!!!!" So I just kept grooming sloooooowly and coo'ing at him which was a joke. So, I thought to myself, what would my BloggerHorse friends do?
So I walked out of his stall/paddock and let him be crazy by himself for a good 15 minutes. He was better when I walked in. I started wrapping him after a good 10 more minutes of 'happy' grooming and he was fine until another boarder was lunging her sweet horse (who was listening just fine despite the wind) and Laz literally jumped over me while I was WRAPPING his front leg! I mean, great!! Break all your legs, why don't you?! Is he suicidal?! Anyway, thankfully I had the BO come in and hold his halter for the last leg to be wrapped safely so he didn't get himself all bound up. Sheesh! I was really hoping for a detoxing because my work life has been so stressful. I didn't get it today. Instead I left my fire breathing dragon with a scowl on my face.
I'm hoping he's nicer to Cliff tomorrow! (and for no wind)


  1. Don't you just love how horse's behave in the wind? It's like they're possessed by demons or something.

    Good luck tomorrow! I sure hope you get fantastic news! Please let us know how it goes! (I know you will!) :)

  2. Olly is more on edge when it is calm and still. I think because he can hear every thing crackling and breaking. Good luck tomorrow with the farrier!!!

  3. The wind will do it every time - I think it makes it hard for them to hear, and therefore nervous.

  4. Good luck tomorrow! I'll be thinkin bout you and Laz!

  5. Wind. The predator scents must be magnified. You know, the horse eating bushes, the horse eating trees, the horse eating dust...

    If he's anything like my horses, tomorrow he'll be like "what? I'm fine. What's your problem?"

  6. Oh, yes, they all have those days! Monday, Salem bucked like a bronc the whole way down the long side of the field. Today, he was an absolute peach. Ya just never know! I take it as good news that he's feeling better, tough, so try to look on the bright side.

    I am sending you guys MAJOR good vibes for tomorrow! I'm sure you're excited, anxious, nervous, hopeful, etc., but just remember that there are tons of us out here thinking of you and Laz. We're all pulling for him! :-)

  7. Naughty = feeling good in my book. Fingers crossed for you!

  8. Ha ha....I think we've all had those days (and prefer to forget them!) Good luck today! Can't wait to hear the report..

  9. When I visited your site, I was shocked to see the picture of "LBR" on a windy/chilly/something-different day.

    Patience....warm calming weather is on it's way:-)

  10. I may have found out why he was so wild today...he raced twice on this date (3/18/2004 & 3/18/2006).

    You can see his race history free on http://www.equibase.com/premium/eqbHorseInfo.cfm?refno=6216526&registry=T

  11. Denali is a total nut job if it's windy. Add rain to the wind and you get the devil reincarnated! I bet he'll feel a lot better when he can burn off some of that energy running around. He's feeling better, therefore, he has the energy to do stuff!