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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...

Monday, September 6, 2010

Minor trot work

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!


  1. Awww, he looks very relaxed and happy. You've done such great work with him in a year! I hope you're riding those trot circles this time next year:)

    We had Potomac at our barn a few months ago as well. Thank goodness Miles escaped it, but I was worried for awhile there. There's so much to worry about with these animals~

    Good luck with the dentist-hope Laz loves him as much as Miles does:)

  2. I don't see the video...but I am going to assume hes doing great.

  3. Laz is definitely looking better! I just wanted to point out that working him in a larger circle would be easier on him, although it looks like maybe there isn't enough room for a bigger circle (??). But he does look good, and he is definitely calm and listening to you really well.

    Good luck tonight! I'm sending lots of good vibes Laz's way, and I'm sure a lot of other people are, as well. You're certainly justified in feeling a bit anxious, but you're handling this the right way -- with caution and concern and lots of research. I really think that, with all your care, Laz is well on the road to recovery!

  4. Awww Laz! Does the vet know if it hurts him to trot? I would think he's not in too much pain if he's galloping around and bucking, but like you said for people with sound horses that looks painful. He listens so well and looks like a total sweetheart.

    By the way, I looked back through your posts and none of my comments are there. Are you getting mine? Or is blogger eating them?

  5. Frizzle-Yes I agree. This was a bit impromptu as we were working in the arena and he seemed to need to lunge out a bit. Typically when I lunge, I use our large round pen.
    Achieve1dream-No I think I have been seeing your comments..not sure why you can't see them! Booo :( He doesn't seem to be in pain to me, but more info to come on that! :)

  6. Oh that little video is so awesome. I could watch him trt forever! he sure looks very regal. And those little tiny white socks on his back feet? Too cute! now don't think of last year at this time because this is a new year! One time I said to my doctor: Oh, I don't want to become my mother! And he said simply: You can't be your mother because you're you! Aaaaah, I forgot!

  7. I know your feeling. This past week started our steady downfall of everything, although I didn't realize it until October. I know exactly what you're talking about! He looks good!!!