Thanks to my Husband for taking a short video tape, so you can see Laz in walk/trot action. Darn that we didn't video tape him bucking and snorting, and ripping around about 15 minutes prior! But I do want you to see his progress in his trot work. It's obviously still very off and maybe hard for some of you with sound horses to watch, but he is doing great and improving. I work on majority of walking and just introduced trotting for some different muscle and brain work for him.
I won't lie that I have this odd pit in my stomach for the end of September and October...it's when last year, Lazarus first got sick and soon after, laminitis came. I just am thrilled to see how happy and healthy he is now, that I don't want him to get colic/flu/fever..whatever the heck it was (I still think Potomac) to come back and steal away our positive path. I talked to a young vet this past week who told me that the Potomac vaccine only covers about 1 string of the 20 something strings of Potomac, which could explain that even though Laz was vaccinated for it, he was still susceptible. She suspects that even though he raced for years, he probably wasn't properly vaccinated which could be why he reacts so strongly/poorly to them. She is a MSU Vet and is open to Holistic treatments. Needless to say, I'm hanging on her number.
I am trying very, very hard to stay focused on the good and keep him calm and hopefully he's stronger this year and will be able to maintain his health and beat any issue.
I have my first appointment on Tuesday evening, with an equine Holistic specialist and she is going to spend 2 hours to review with Laz and I, to see what he may need to get him healthy. She also offers a EEE nosodes which is a mild version of the vaccine but I'll have more explanation tomorrow.
Friday, he gets his teeth floated and thanks to Miles's Mom for the referral. This equine dentist doesn't sedate, which I was opting for as to not stimulate Laz immune system.
Lots this week for Laz star. I'll be sure to coo and massage to keep any nerves from him away. Wish us luck!