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

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Fall Willies and Butterflies

Hello Gorgeous!
Laz (and Mason in the background) in tuned to a neighbor's conversation.
Laz is obsessed (and often freaked out) by noises from the neighbors. 
It just was good timing for an ears forward head shot :)

We had another great workout today.
Laz's right rear was again a bit stocked up at ankle only.
It did rain yesterday and I'm assuming he didn't move much...the swelling went away after our workout.
I'm dreading swelling in winter when he chooses to stand still..I'll have to be good about keeping him moving!
Anyway, back to our lesson.  We started with about 40 minutes of hand walking, doing our obstacles, mixed in with trotting (cue me running along side Laz asking him to trot and having to lightly slap his mouth when he gets excited and wants to 'bite' my hand when he trots and arches his neck, playing show pony stallion). Along one side of the arena, I ran as fast as I could to his trot and he extended out nicely showing me "No way Mom..I'm faster."  Good workout for us both. I have to get this on video..it's funny I'm sure.
We finished it off with a light ride in round pen working on walking, trotting to walking, etc.  He is quite full of himself lately and likes to throw in a head toss/shoulder pop while trotting.  I push him through it and I love how he wants to play and feel good, but don't buck me off!!!  I watched his ears during our trot work; pricked forward and happy.  Yea!
Do you notice if butterflies ever follow you when riding?! 
It' so strange, but I swear all summer and now into Fall, there has been butterflies that flit around Laz.  Hmmmmm? They like him and I like to think, they are drawn to his majestic-ness (it's a word in my blog) :)

Laz's new blanket from Schneiders (sstack.com) for the Fall.  
He's obviously dashing in Orange, but who knew!?
I'm excited to see how this blanket wears, it's a 1200 D and is basically a rain sheet (no thermal lining/insulation) so perfect for if/when it drops to a cold temp/raining and he doesn't quite have a thick fur coat yet.  It's a EURO fit, so fits the TB's perfectly. I got an 82" for Laz and it's a great fit, and long to protect his stomach/check/tail/legs.
I already have a nice heavy weight turnout for him for winter, but wanted a good in between seasons turnout.  This one was only $54 including shipping. Not bad! :)
I feel good about having it ready, in case he needs it.
No signs of a furry growth just yet...he still has a sleek and beautiful coat.
Speaking of sleek coat, an encouraging comment from the Holistic specialist was that Laz had a great coat and mane/tail.  Very healthy. Yah! :)  
Also, I gave Laz his first prescribed 'nosode' today...for the EEE. It's a low dose protection for him that is non reactive for his laminitis.  I dosed out 10-15 globules from his EEE jar and mixed it in with about a Tablespoon of his L/S feed.  He gobbled it no problem.  I am choosing to not vaccinate him via a shot, so I hope this Holistic option proves to be worthy and protect him without the risk of  causing reaction in him for his laminitis.
I am to give him this EEE nosodes 2 x month until Frost.


  1. The butterflies have been crazy this year. A few weeks ago I was driving Indigo and there were about 50 or so gathered on one spot. As we approached they flew up in a frenzy and Indigo spooked sideways at them as if to say "OMG ROAD BUTTERFLIES!!!" silly horse.
    I LOOOOOVE Schneider saddlery's blankets! You won't be disappointed I promise.

  2. Butterflies and horses - a perfect match. Laz looks dapper in his new blanket/rain sheet. Good news about the mane and coat signifying good health. Was there any doubt? Love the photo of Laz at attentiona and Mason's little legs at attention too, beside Laz! So cute!

  3. I'm going to be interested in reading about your adventures into holistic medicine with Laz. I've always been interested in it, but there are no holistic vets in my area.

    I think his new blanket looks great!! Very nice!

  4. Laz sounds (and looks) like he's doing great! I love that orange blanket on him, very handsome.