This past week of time spent working with Laz.
Mason the wonderchocolatepup is so patient during our hour long drive to get to his favorite place, "the Farm" which he now knows our little schedule like his feeding time. Crazy. :)
The sweet life in Laz's eye
I tried to capture how his bay coloring isn't just brown. It glistens with copper, gold, red, dune, gray and black hairs. He is getting quite used to me kissing that sweet muzzle and is learning to tolerate and even expect it
This is his bad foot and please excuse the mess..it was before I cleaned it, which I should have photographed it after, but I didn't, sorry. This shows the bars (I think) and how uneven they are due to the laminitis, and possible the wedge shoes? Laz is doing really well barefoot and I have to keep remembering, it's only been 6 weeks! It feels like a lot longer. I haven't had xrays since Feb 18th, and he is completely off his meds and I feel walking better than he ever has.
We decided to wait on more Xrays...there is some discussion that xrays could cause a delay in the healing of laminitis. I guess, if you compare that with going to the dentist/doctor and they drape you in a heavy protective apron during an xray..it must do something to our insides right?
One thing for sure with laminitis...is there isn't anything for sure.
This was his mood for the day. Sweet puppy face sleepy boy. You know, the PERFECT day to ride and just kind of kerplunk around. For me, being into just pleasure riding (I'm so impressed with so many of you and your riding skills with you and your horses...wow) and to just enjoy the bonding while riding, these were the days I would LONG for with my OTTB.
Sigh..soon enough but even to just have him to enjoy is definitely enough.
So, instead of riding which we still can't do yet, we do our Cliff approved walks in the sandy arena for about a half hour. Laz is doing better and better in the 'spooky' corners and I am too with being a brave leader. I have to admit though, on the sleepy puppy days, I'm a great leader. On the windy, fire dragon days, I rely on the help of the BO "C" to help me through it.
Here is BO "C" working with us with the Clinton Anderson lead and desensitizing Laz with the 'whip' by hitting it on the ground until he relaxes and isn't tense. When I first got Laz he was petrified by whips and cracking sounds.
Yes, still ribby, muscle tone has gone to blah since his bout with colic in October, but overall, not too shabby.
And look how he is standing on both hind legs!
Here we are working with having him stand still by mounting block and remember what it's like to have a rider and legs/arms dangling around. Obviously he could care less and was pony perfect.
You can see how sleepy he is and we do our desensitizing work within a 15 minute capacity to not exhaust him mentally
Reward is Cliff approved grazing for 10-15 minutes. I still get SO nervous about allowing him to graze but so far he's been doing well with it.
And to the far left, that is the BO's puppy Carley, who is getting SO big!