No pictures, no videos...sorry! Not like me, as I'm a designer therefore LOVE a good visual, but just didn't do it this week. I'm sure I'll take some this weekend! :)
So, we are doing well. Lazarus is moving, moving around and actually I think looks a little more ribby even than two weeks ago. His moving is great and he really enjoys it. He is shedding like a demon but still has a way to go, but his neck and shoulders are looking more thin and those long winter hairs are just coming out with my curry and shedding blade...hoorah! I love a summer coat!
He was enjoying his grooming today, but he is SO bothered by the two flies that kept landing on his face. Like literally looked like he was saying "Nooooo, No, Nooooo, no!" with his head that for a moment I thought...is something wrong with you?! But no..it's the flies. HE HATES bugs. I do have a fly mask for him but seems early for it...maybe not. I didn't fly spray him because I want to ask Cliff about putting that on him. That may sound silly but it's like this crazy effective spray that works so great, but smells SO toxic that now I worry about what it would do if/when it got into his bloodstream. I have thought about getting Laz a fly sheet but I don't want to spend $100 or more on a sheet, and I worry the ones for the $39-50 range will just shred up. Any suggestions!? That being said...there are HARDLY any bugs there. Poops are constantly picked up and I watched one of the other horses who had three flies on his snout while he napped in the sun. Laz is crazy sensitive to that stuff. So, so so thin skinned...literally and emotionally.
So, if you have any bug products that you like, or fly sheets, etc..send the suggestion our way!
So, we walked in the arena. Warmed up and then I took his boots off. The right rear he picks up so nicely and quickly for me. The left rear, not so much. For instance, after literally 10 minutes of asking/pulling/pinching he finally stepped forward and gave it up.
So we walked for about 17 minutes. He was a bit spooky, but I kept thinking..god if I was riding you, I'm sure I would have fallen. He side spooks and jumps up/turns so quickly that it's somewhat insane! He is so scared of the two arena corners some days..other days, it's like no big deal. I've been allowing him to nibble the deadish grass in those scary corners as a reward but today, a few times, he lept out with a mouthful of grass, like "WHOA...did you see that?!?!" On the bonus he didn't trample me which is a fear. Bonus? Whatever..I'll take it. But I need to figure out how to make him confident in those corners. It's by the dirt road so there are sometimes monsters like; cars, people, white dogs, swaying cattails and such. Is this where I reward him for walking by with a carrot niblet? Seems that when I anticipate him doing well, he spooks, so then I can't reward. I'm sure there is a simple solution..I just dont know it yet. I'm hoping that the more time we spend in there, will help as well.
So, after our walk and letting his feet air out, I picked them clean and noticed he may have a couple of thrush spots. I emailed Cliff who recommended a product called "Tomorrow" and I can get a generic version of it at TTS tomorrow, lol. He said it's less expensive and just as good as White Lightening, so I'm all about less expensive right now. I'll give it a go. So, I also put Gold Bond's Medicated per Cliff, in his shoes to help fight against thrush. Putting the boats back on, SUCKED today. It took me about 25 minutes to get his left rear up and he was just being a jerk about it. My back is wrecked right now. It was a beautiful sunny day and I was completely in a sweat and my arms and hands were shaking after the 50000 attempts of his semi lifting his foot and then just slamming his weight back down. I know it has to do with that he probably thinks I can't hold him and he doesn't feel secure. Well guess what Laz, I can't hold you but I have to put this shoes on...so please, as you start to heal, please lift your legs!!!!!!!!
This week has taken a toll on my back. I'm trying to support his leg in between my knees while I pick, and then adjust to get the Easy boot on, but it's the literally picking up his foot that is wrenching me. I have to grab at his ankle to lift it otherwise he just wont give it to me. For his other three legs, he's a total angel. I even tried lifting the other legs, giving him a carrot niblet, then going to the demon leg and NOTHING.
Sigh..it was frustrating and my sore back is making me mad.
When I get that Chiropractor for Laz, I may sneak in for a bit of work too