The day I officially rescued Laz end of Sept 08
After owning him for about 30 days Nov 08
Laz in late April 09 looking great for coming out of his first Michigan winter
April 09 after his first bath
(he tried to jump out of the round pen that day...scared the bejesus out of me)
Below is Sept 2009, probably the best shape I had him in
Oct 09, the day before he got ill (Potomac? Colic? Ulcers? All three and then laminitis)
Oct 09 waiting for vet..
Nov 09 (during healing of laminitis)
Dec 09, a lot of laying down bless his heart
March 2010-switched him to barefoot care and opened up his turnout
June 2010 after a Chiro appt (which he HATED)
July 2010 (riding again, mostly walk with obstacle course/poles)
Oct 2010-got his first bodywork done
July 2011-switched to new barefoot trimmer when 3 week 'abscess' wouldn't go away
August 2011-feeling back to normal
Sept 2011-moved to a new barn
Early Oct 2011-gorgeous! I drastically changed his diet/vitamins/lifestyle
End Oct 2011, a little leaner with new 24/7 larger turnout
Nov 2011 bumped up beet pulp and hay, and gained weight back
Now treating thin sensitive sole with hopes to regrow/thicken on RH
My hopes for this winter; maintain to do work/riding/hand walking to keep muscle tone as hoof sole heals.
His trot is still quite stiff, but Vet seemed to think we need to get hoof growth thicker, and then address the other body issues to bring him back slowly.
Chiro appt set for Dec 22nd and we are very excited!
After looking through these pictures I don't see too much negative change (sagging back, etc) for the worse despite him not able to use his body correctly. I just hope once his RH hoof grows in stronger, we can address the other body issues to get him sounder and more comfortable.
It's been a LONG haul for this big gentleman.