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!!!