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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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Friday, December 9, 2011

Put the lime in the coconut

Testing out how Coconut Oil will work for treating stink zones that could prevent thrush
Above is what I scooped out from my jar below
I personally love Coconut oil; cook with it and put on my skin after showers in winter when it's so dryyyy out. Ahhhh like taking a mini vacation. Or at least smelling like one
Here's where I packed in the oil and in about 30 seconds it turned to oil and absorbed into his skin. The molecular structure of Coconut oil actually works into skin better than any oil for fast penetration.
Up close and personal.
We'll see what happens...but it's supposed to naturally help with bruising, sores, etc
I think it'll be a great ointment to have handy.
Laz playing peek a boo into the tack room...
and waiting patiently for his BP slurry
sniff sniff sniff
This past weekend was chilly but sunny.
High of mid 30's and lows were around 19 or less
I kept Laz naked the whole time, but checked on him
Each time, he was WARM!
I never felt nervous leaving him without a blanket this weekend

We had one ride this weekend, which was great.
I'm trying to give that RH sole time to grow and stop bruising (which I think it is)
I can tell, he's stiff and loosing some of his trotting muscle tone.
However, he is moving on his own A LOT being out 24/7 in such a large area and we walk, walk, walk either on ground together or via our rides

To watch me trying to attempt to video tape our little ride..eeks, click HERE
How funny is it that they KNOW when you aren't 100% paying attention to the ride as he took off in a little trot-you-through-the-low-hanging-branches

Back to the non blanketing; I'm still holding out as long as possible
I go day by day
Laz has SUCH an amazing fur coat that he's well protected (as well as plenty of hay, shelter)

 This was on Saturday which was low 20's and Le Pouf was TOASTY warm
 Hello...can you hear me through all that fur?!
 On this day, you could see how the fur stands to insulate quite well.
Again, he was WARM...so warm that I felt I would do him an injustice to blanket him
 See how thick!
My hand burrowed in that bunny fur
 Weather has been mostly mid 30's to mid 20's with some evenings dropping in the high teens.
Once it's in the low 20's, I think is when I'll surrender, but I honestly think it will be more for my sanity. If he were in my backyard, I would attempt to keep him au natural all winter long (give or take a couple days/weeks). 
Again, we can do this because our riding is so limited that he does not break a sweat!

 Shelter and PLENTY of hay is what helps keep him so warm
Also, this is his 3rd year of being out (since this past Sept, no stalling whatsoever, yay) so he's had time to properly develop his coat.
You can see Red below, his first year off the track, needs his blanket sooner
Ground hay, and slow feeder for nibbling through the evening
It's lovely to see how happy he is just being a HORSE


  1. He really is the cutest horse ever.

    I'm super eager to see where the coconut oil-ing of his feet goes! And its really exciting to see how well he's doing being au natural! The fun (or maybe dreadful) part of it all will be spring time when grooming sheds hairs everywhereeeeeeez. =)

  2. Oh I wish Val would get Le Pouf too... I'm testing ears and chest in the mornings + lots of hay and warm bp mash in the evenings. So far no blankets - just a rain sheet when it's wet and below 50.

    Let us know how the coconut oil works. I could use some for my own hooves ;)

  3. Laz is so cute and SOOOOO fuzzy! He will be warm for sure. Shy was incredibly warm this weekend, in fact I was using her to keep me warm!

    I'm glad you showed a pic of that coconut oil! I will try some on Shy and myself! I hate the winter dry skin!

  4. Dear Mr. Laz Le Pouf, what is your secret to thoroughbred pouf-yness? Can you please whisper it into Lulu's un-poufed ears?

  5. I'm very interested to hear how well the coconut oil works - it's always great to learn new things.

  6. By the way, coconut oil is also to help people burn belly fat. 1 table spoon a day. I tried it. It tasted ok, but the slimmy feeling is sooooooooo horrible. Ok, I can deal with chia, but I put my foot down on eating coconut oil, yuck!!! I do use it for cooking and that came out good:)

  7. Laz grows an awesome winter coat :)
    I'm gonna have to try some of that coconut oil on my horses.

  8. Neat O with the Coconut oil...we use it like butter at my house..very awesome anti bacterial and anti viral qualities.

    I have to blanket for the Trace clip Wa mare has. She gets sweaty during our rides and putting away a wet horse is criminal. So clip it was and blanket it is...NEVER has she fur poufed that well though...she shivers and looses weight so easily. Maybe a mare thing!

    HAPPIEST CHRISTMASTIDES to you and yours!!
    From KK and Washashe mare~

  9. Don't you just love the winter woolies? It's so nice to run your hands through it.

    I'll be staying tuned to read about how the coconut oil works!

  10. Awww I love his cute little nose sticking in through the door. Adorable. He is furry! Wow. That's an impressive winter coat. :D

  11. Looooove Poofy Laz! Count me as another one who can't wait to see how the coco oil works!