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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).
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Easy day

Pulling up and seeing your horse happy, turned out and grazing on strewn hay with his buddies?
Worth every penny paid
Worth every mile driven

Up close on Laz's fur as I arrived
 His sores are getting MUCH better, with today being his 3rd treatment on the Animax
 That stuff seems to work pretty fast and little goes a long way

We did ground work today, with a solid 15 minutes of trot work.
He looked better from Sunday, but still not as great as he's been.
I did notice after about a minute of trotting, he did loosen up and start stretching his neck down, lifting his tail, and his trot improved some.
I've been doing his ground work at liberty lately to test out how it goes.
Pretty darn good...but it also shows where we need to work, which is nice to gage.

Teaching Laz the command for "Come" is something I'm doing.
I wave my hand at him (like curling my fingers towards me, as a come motion) to give him a physical cue along with the word "come" and when he arrives, he gets a treat.  
Yes, a carrot nib.  
I know a lot of people poo poo the idea of treat training. 
I don't. 
I like treats.  
Laz likes treats and why not have a little fun and reward during training?
 Worked for my dogs. 
Working for my pony.
So.....Come!

"Gimmez thiss stix"
 "Now I tetch youz some Puralleeeez Mom"
 After our 1/2 hour workings at liberty, he had been asking during the whole time to roll again
It's cute...the head dragging down, while he's 'working' and a quick paw, like "Oh herez lookz goooods to roullll"
So, at the end, I allowed it
That sounds so controlling.
At the end, he just asked and I didn't give him a working command so I guess he decided it was ok.
 There is something SO damn cute about rolling horses
 I would like to tickle or rub his belly but I think the four hooves flaying around will keep me away
;)
 So, the spoiled pony, after a good roll in the cool sand, promptly walked back to the mounting block where I keep my grooming brushes and stood.
"Ok, getz me cleanz again"
LOL!

Oh, and Laz is WORM free according to vet and the latest fecal test : 
"fecal results were negative. the test using sugar solution does test for tapeworms.  
Small strongyles that are adults producing eggs are tested for there is not a test for encysted larva."
Relief for now that I don't have to worry about wormer and what type to use since his laminitis.
I like time with my options as I research some more.

9 comments:

  1. It still looks a little weird (expected), but his hoof is looking awesome! :3

    I love pics of rolling horses. The always look happy.

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  2. Fun with your boy! Love it!

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  3. Glad to see that ointment is working so well for him!

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  4. rolling horses ARE adorable!

    I too am a treat trainer. My horse will do anything for his butterscotch niblets

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  5. Awww...I love rolling horses too, they are funny.

    Sounds like all is well in Laz's world!

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  6. Hard to resist tickling a belly-up horse!
    Cathy

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  7. This made my day. I had to put my beautiful mare down yesterday and the last thing she was able to do was roll a bit. It truly is awful to go through but this post brought a smile to my face reminding me of her beautiful life. Thank you...

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  8. I like using treats too. If you have consistent rules I don't see the problem with it at all. Of course I'm a clicker trainer so treats are sort of necessary lol. :) Great pictures. Laz is so cute!

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  9. Glad to see the sores healing. Agreed on using treats too.

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