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...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A whole lot of nothing...

So, reading my blog lately is as exciting as watching paint dry.
Or staring at a leg in a bucket...
What happened to cause this abscess....I will find out.
In the meantime...it's still not surfaced, blowed (that's not a word!), popped, whatever you want to call it.
Poor Laz. He's moving 'ok' out in paddock, but when I halter him and walk him in, boy do the dramatics come out. 
"MOM!!! In case you forget again...NO RIDES ME!!! I hurts." 
As he gimps like the oldest man alive.
Yes, Laz...I know. I'm trying to help you. No riding, nothing. Promise.
"Ok..(sigh)...Ah K"

This has been the extent of our life for the past 6 days;

Walk him into wash rack.
Clean all four feet, do minimal grooming if need be
Start with soak.
15-20 minutes
Epsom and Betadin, hot(ish) water.
A little encouraging that he swaps legs to rest onto bad while in bucket.

Massage, massage. Rubbing his hind, his back. Using my Masterson learned techniques (boy he loves that stuff).  He goes into his big sighs, blowing his nose out, eyes flipping, licking. 
At least he's comfortable during this discomfort.
Did I just say that? You know what I mean....

Apply lineament to aching (assuming) muscles
Clean/dry hoof.
Use my potting skills to make a potter's bowl full of poultice onto his hoof. 
Saran wrap it like an Xmas gift and put boot on.
**Easy boot now isn't fitting right and kept falling off, so he's currently in Barn owners Cavello which seems to be working out well.

Get molested for carrot nibs in my hoodie pocket

Staring contests with Mason...
Pudgie, ie Yoda, says "Heals all, Time will."

Will it?!
On to more online research...I did find some great websites/groups that I've learned a lot from already.
Here's a couple:
My gut is, something is/was/is up with his metabolic system.
Why he still has a false sole hanging on after a year and a half that won't shed on that one foot?
Why the abscess?...why now? What triggered it?
I also ordered some MOP to start a liver detox (slowly)

Talk about a doozy of a first horse.
Holy learning experience....good thing he's amazingly sweet/kind/handsome/everything I've wanted.
I love my OTTB


  1. You know it girl! Its always something for us to be learning!! Laz is a lucky boy to have you. Fingers X its nothing wrong other than an abscess!

  2. Keep on keeping on...it will work out. Life seems slow but it is just because you are looking at it up close now. You have had a great spring riding him down the road and around. Now, relax and soak and massage - you are SO GOOD to him. It will be ok!

  3. Oh, what great mom! Keep up the great work! XXOOXO

  4. Keep at it, eventually it will blow. Last summer Nina spent 9 days claiming her leg was broken in 4 places while we waited for an abscess to blow. I had to pack it with epsom salts because she wouldn't let me soak it. The second time she stomped in a bucket so hard that pieces flew around like shrapnel I gave it up. On the good side, when it finally surfaced she was fine, immediately.

  5. (this is in2paints) I hate abscesses! They are so painful for our poor horses... Laz is a good boy, though. Here's hoping the abscess blows soon!

  6. LOL, your blog is STILL more exciting than mine! Lately, I turn Salem out, muck the stall, do his feed, hand-walk/graze, groom, leave him in his paddock/stall (all this takes me about 3-4 hours...because I am slower than molasses on a cold day in January!).
    Fingers crossed that the stupid abscess blows already! It is causing WAY too much trouble for sweet Laz-a-roo. :-/

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  8. Hey, your blog is always entertaining, no worries there...your pictures never fail to make me smile. Lazzie, help your mama out and blow that sucker, eh? Echoing above, he is lucky to have you. Then again, we're lucky to have them, right? :)

  9. I left the link to Rose's blog on your last post. One of your followers mentioned trying the poultice she used to draw out Rose's abscess. It worked for her in less than a day. If you're interested. Don't want to be redundant. You don't have comment moderation on so wanted to make sure you saw it. I hope it pops soon so he can start feeling better. Poor baby Laz.

  10. And, he loves you too. You are the greatest for him. He picked you, you know, he must have known that he was meant to be with you. When he gets better and you are riding him for 25 more years, you'll know that you are doing the right thing now. Keep on taking care of him, he will blow that crap out soon.

  11. You are such a good horsie and doggie mom. All these guys are so lucky to have you. And don't worry, we have all been there and we all enjoy reading about it, even if it's not the most exciting time in the world! Hope Laz heals up soon. Give him a smooch from me and Tucker :)

  12. What a bore it would be if our horses were always perfect! Of course I don't want to see any horse injured, but look how busy you are! Look how big the horse part of your brain is growing! I so know what a drag an injury is, Not only can it get worrisome, but then you can't even ride! Thanks for those websites. Because my horse has troubled feet, I am always looking at new hoof trimmer/farriers to learn things from. There is so much to know. And btw, your blog could never be as dull as watching paint dry!