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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...

Friday, July 1, 2011


Wednesday evening, I was honored to have been granted a visit by Dr. Bowker and his rehabbing trimmer, Michelle.
To say that it's lucky that we are so close to MSU is short changing it.
We are SO lucky.
My husband asked "So, who is this Bowker?" as we were waiting in the barn to meet. 
I said, "Let me put it into basketball terms for you. Imagine if Tom Izzo came to your Bball practice to work with your team and give you coaching advice, and plays and drills."
He said "whoa."

It was so beyond interesting.
It was so great to listen to Dr. Bowker's thoughts and new things he is studying and how everything is tied together.  We talked about club feet, shoulder atrophy, dental work, etc etc.
My brain actually couldn't absorb it all, but it wanted to.
I came home and wrote down everything so I could review and remember things for a later date.
I felt my mouth hanging open, listening with such intent.
I was humbled. Above that, Michelle and Dr. Bowker were two of the most genuine people I've met as well.  Kind, caring, thoughtful and very detailed.

The direction we are going in now is to have Michelle temporarily, trim slowly, weekly to get Laz in a comfortable position. 
Changing some angles, working on the toes/heels, false sole, etc.
All SLOWLY as to keep him comfortable.
From what I gather, Michelle works on rehab cases so as soon as we get back set up correctly, we switch back.

 I can't tell you how humbling it is to have professionals like this, viewing Laz's xrays, talking about how sweet he was (and he was such a good quiet boy !!!) and all the work we've done to get him to where he was today.

 I find this picture below so funny.  
Everyone looking at Laz's hoof, constant discussions and Laz is "Laaa Deee Daaaaaaa"
I think Laz really trusts that people are here to help him
Actually, I know he does.
So, too bad I didn't go to vet school. 
I know that I would have LOVED every second of it.
Or well....maybe I can consider this my 'in field' training for research.

We are excited to see how Laz reacts to these small changes in his feet.
I am very hopeful, and excited.
It's great to add to our team to keep him moving in a great direction. 

Yesterday, I was finally, after a month and a half, able to hand walk him for 20 minutes in the arena.  Laz walked well and is adjusting to his new angles nicely.  How great did that feel??
Well, let's just say-amazing.

Happy 4th everyone!!!


  1. Rock ON!! That is awesome that Dr. Bowker and Michelle are there SO close and so willing to help. WHOOHOOOOO!!!!!! Go Laz, you SupaStar you!!

  2. I can't tell you how excited I am for you and Laz!! He is now in the absolute BEST hands in the entire world, literally being treated by the biggest "celebrity" vet in horse hooves! Too cool! Me = jealous. But also very, very happy for you.

    I'm sure that now Laz's hoof health will literally progress in leaps and bounds. Definitely encouraging that he's already so much more comfortable. I'm sure that getting rid of all that extra hoof material is taking pressure off the internal structures and allowing them to gradually come back down to where they should be.

    OK, you know we are gonna want to see pics of the hooves! All this is fascinating and I'm very interested to see how Michelle transforms those hooves into rock-crunchers! :-)

  3. Kristen, that is so exciting!! I can't wait to hear how Laz responds. He's so, so lucky to have such a caring mom that gets only the best for him:) Happy 4th to you, Laz, and your whole crew!

  4. That is so fantastic!! I'm so happy you're so close to MSU lol. I can't wait to see/read how Laz does with the new changes. I'm so excited for you. Happy fourth!

  5. Great news. I woke up this morning wondering, hmmm...I haven't heard about Laz's big appointment. This is wonderful to find out that you have such great people helping him. He is adorable and so well behaved! Hooray for the sweet boy!

  6. Great news! Happy for you both and looking forward to following your progress. They do seem to know when we're trying to help them - dear horses. :)

  7. I'm so happy you are able to pull some more experts in to help get Laz going on the right track again! You'll have to post more of what you guys talked about later if you get the chance, I'm curious!

  8. Yeahh, congrats! I hope it all goes great for you both!!!! Thanks for the super update, once again! You write so well!!