So, Cliff came on Friday for Laz's 4th barefoot trim and guess what we got approval for....
Yea, that's me.
On my horse.
I am riding Laz!!!
And that's Cliff, my hugging barefoot trimmer, holding him.
He watched Laz walk by me hand walking him. and then said "OK, hop up on him" and watched him walk with me on his back and said there was no difference in the way he walked.
I admit, I was leary because I didn't want to push our success, I didn't want to add more weight (me!) to a ailing hoof, but he said we are ready. In fact, he said we were ready last month but I waited.
Cliff thinks a lot of Laz's funny walking is from a sore hip, sore muscles, etc due from being on wedge shoes and from the laminitis.
We have a chiro recommended from Cliff, coming out at the end of the month.
So, our new routine is to continue with hour plus of hand walking him around, with 10-15 minutes of me sitting on him at the walk and to slowly build up to more.
I rode him again today for the 2nd time and boy does it feel goooood!
Laz remembered my leg yields (mostly, better at turning left than right...no surprise there) and how to "Whoa" by my body 'dropping' and vocal.
Go Laz! Smart wonderpony!
He was a bit UP today, due to wind/rain, etc so my BO walked by our side ready to help us out, being I was bareback and in a halter/lead line.
I can't hardly believe our progress and success so far...literally, I'm thankful for EVERY day and don't take it for granted.
This is one OTTB who wants to LIVE!