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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).
Join us for our re-training, rehabbing from laminitis and testing all parts of mixed up horsemanship and partnership, and luck...

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Barefoot trim #6

It's soooooooooooooooo wonderful having a barefoot trimmer whose talent, hard work and knowledge is seen thru your horse's hooves.
Cliff came to trim yesterday, and has been working on Laz since March 19th (two weeks after Laz was supposed to be put down) and with each trim, Lazarus shows so much comfort and improvement. 
We got so lucky.
Cliff showed me some real positive changes in his hooves.
Seen more in his front two and rear left, but they are starting to widen, and the concave cupped sole is appearing which indicates a healthy foot.
The left rear is more challenged but totally holding it's own and changing for the better.
Oh, and he saw no more thrush! :)

Laz was awesome, calm and nibbling at Cliff.
Stealing his hat, pulling at his chap's fringe.
The neighbors started up their annoying bog mud riding Jeep thing, and the BO was weed whipping but even through all that, Laz was good.  It was a lot of noise that typically would maybe upset him, but Laz has been proving his adaptive nature and handled it very well.  
  Toward the end, he started chewing and becoming impatient and dropped his back leg on Cliff (not on him, but slammed it down)...oops but Cliff took it all in stride and just laughed it off.
The right rear..still funky as ever, but showing strength and growth. 
Cliff thinks that for 4 months of trimming, Laz is doing exceptional.
Both Laz and I think that Cliff is exceptional.
He is so patient with my questions and wanting to understand and helpful with Laz's health and even permitted us to open his paddock up into a small private pasture for a few hours a day to graze along side the other horses.  He'll still be by himself, which Laz has been great with, but he has his 'herd' (the BO's horses) right over the fence line.
I'm sure Laz will love this new change in his routine.

After his trim, I hosed him off, groomed him, washed out his itchy spots and then we hand walked for about 20 minutes which he did awesome.  
He even playfully snaked his neck and picked up a little trot so I trotted alongside him for the length of the arena and seemed he felt really good.
It's so wonderful to feel like we keep moving forward in his healing.
From Oct to early March, it was nothing but set backs after set backs (not to mention bills after bills)...this method seems to be our winning combination.
Thanks Cliff!!!

9 comments:

  1. So glad you have Cliff - things are looking better each time!

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  2. Good thing you have a good farrier.

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  3. Whoot!

    SOOOOOOOOOOOO lucky indeed.

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  4. I am continually amazed at what barefott can do for a horse. It's incredible.
    As for Cliff, that man is truly a saint! He has accomplished what nobody else could -- give Laz a good, healthy, comfortable life. He has loads of good karma coming his way!

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  5. I am so glad that you gave him another chance. I know what iti is like (not a horse, but a dog) to dish out TONS of money for vet bills, just to get sad news. For my puppy...no luck, i am glad that LAz got that chance!!

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  6. That is great! Just think what another 4 months will do.

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  7. So happy for both you and Laz that you found Cliff just in time. It is truly amazing what an alternative method did for you guys. Does my heart good to read about!

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  8. Yeah for Cliff!! I'm just so happy that Denali still has her boyfriend!! (Although she's cheating on him, shhh... don't tell him!)

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