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).
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Monday, June 14, 2010

Happy Sunday in the church of Lazarus

'Church of Lazarus'
Attire-wear shoes to protect your feet, yoga capris and tank top
Program-rehab a kind horse who is working hard
Prayer-chant "good booooooy" a lot

I walked in, said a quick hello to my pony and did some massage work.  Have you ever heard of the Masterson Method? A wonderful reader of mine, turned me on to it and I've been attempting the bladder meridian and the poll massage...Laz LOVES it.  
After that I started to clean his paddock area.  As I was mucking up in his sleeping area (where he also CHOOSES to poop/pee in...why???) he decided it was nap time and laid down to roll and chill
I think he is most comfortable napping here when the other horses are in their paddock.  When they are out to pasture, he sometimes naps down in his other sandy pit that has the pond view
I would LOVE to get a great picture of Mason and Laz together.
Mason is still leary of his big brother and stays away 
Getting Mason to walk to me was a big step. He walked low and slow, licked my hand and turned 'peace out Mom'
No, Laz is OK. Promise!!!
He was super chill and lazy man and was stretching out and groaning with pleasure.

After our hour walk, obstacle course and our ride, Laz got his lunch.
He was again, awesome. Bareback and in his rope halter with my new clip on rodeo reins (lol) and I try to remain calm and talk to him, encouraging him to be brave and take care of his Momma. Aka-don't freakin spook and drop me PLEASE.  He did fine, only a couple of moments where he thought about spooking but didn't (whew). His spooks are so intense sometimes. He does the spook in place which is fine, but his MJ spooks are what gets my heart pumping. The ones where he buckles his knees, drops down and side jumps all in one second. Thankfully, we had none of that yesterday.
After riding Laz, I rode the BO's 19 yr old Sorrel QH, Jazz.  
Jazz has gotten a lot of happy little girls blue ribbons back in the day. He was happy to be out and walking, trotting and even cantering a tiny bit. He was quite full of himself and was a happy, happy boy.  I only could handle about 20 minutes of it being bareback, boy do I need to work on my leg strength. At one point, my hamstring totally cramped, lol!
Hopefully, with lightly riding Jazz, bringing him back from a stifle injury and transitioning him to barefoot, I'll get my legs back as Laz gets better and can ride for longer.


  1. Aw, those are great pictures! Laz has such a sweet face-I can see why you named your blog what you did:)
    And 20 minutes bareback, are you kidding??? That's fricking awesome. I'm not ready to go there just yet, lol!

  2. Oh..20 min on a 19 yr old with the smoooothest gaits, yes u can do it. So could a 4 yr old.
    Laz bareback is just at a walk, so we are ok there. I figure, if I can handle bareback and built up from there, I should be a better rider. PLUS..if I need to dismount, nothing to tangle up in. :)

  3. Love the pictures - he looks so sweet - which of course he is!

  4. yay for laz!! I totally feel your pain on the legs issue. After 20 min of walk/trot on Reno the first time I could barely walk the next day... sad but true :)

  5. Horses poop and pee in their sleeping area because it has bedding. Bedding means urine wont splash their legs. Ours pee in sand or really tall grass if they are too far from the shed. They poop on grasses/plants they do not find palatable to kill them so hopefully some better tasting grass will grow. Smart animals if you ask me.

  6. I have been trying to get pictures of my horse lounging on the ground in uber-relax-mode for 4 years. It has been impossible. It's like she never lays down! But then when I come to see her, she has poop smeared on her hip and I know she had been laying down!
    I think your pictures are just so adorable.

  7. YES, I have heard of the Masterson Method -- in fact, one of my friends had Jim Masterson himslef work on her horses and she absolutely raved about him! Apparently, Jim spends time in Wellington during Winter Equestrian Fest, and she managed to coerce him down to Miami a few years ago. I've only just watched the videos online, but he seems like a total equine massage master.
    Glad to see Mr. Laz-Man looking so relaxed and happy -- I LOVE it when they lie down & curl up their legs like that! Too cute!

  8. I'm so jealous. In the year we've had LBR, we have NEVER seen him lay down. We have seen him roll in the mud, but that is just to spite us for spending an hour grooming him.

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  10. Laz is so cute when he stretches out for a nap. I love Mason too. I have been having trouble commenting - but I loved the post about Mason last time!

  11. Great pics! I bet Mason will come around eventually and you can get a good shot of them together. :)