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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...

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Sunset strolls and Hoof comparison photos

Laz standing with his other OTTB friend, Red Zepplin.
It's amazing how much Laz has fallen in love with his herd.
Friday evening...does it get better than a quiet walk at sunset?
This marks out first official snow ride this winter...
Temps were great, no wind, sun was out and in low 40's
 Mason enjoying the snow
 Walking and working alongside Justin, Laz did great maintaining listening to me
Just amblin' around, we worked on circles, serpentine's, figure 8's, yielding towards fence, and away and just played for about 35 minutes

 In the far corner, Laz kept glancing over to the woods...
He never misbehaved or spooked but there was something..
And indeed there was!
A HUGE 10 point BUCK rubbing his antlers against a young tree
I used my MEGA zoom so it's unclear but this guy was BIG.
Can you see him?

And today, no riding, but we did some ground work. 
Working on our Parelli games so Laz remembers his manners, etc. 
With not riding as much (I'm allowing sole to repair) he can get a little pushy/bratty when I arrive as in "FEED ME AND GO so I can go plays again with my bro's" 
Sooo...um nooooo....we will still work.
He did great, but for a literally a couple of minutes, he tried to evade my requests and blew up cantering around until he realized it was easier to listen. 
Cantered for about a minute and literally stopped, sighed and then was tuned into me.
Good boy
 Maintaining good weight and is a super FUZZ ball
 Alien Mason says "TROW FRizzBEE!"
 New delivery of 150 bales of hay! Boo ya.
Some alfalfa and our Grass hay!
Can you believe, delivered each bale is under $5!!
They are HUGE bales too, about 14-16 flakes in them
 A quick WL soak to clean ..I know my Vet advised no more soaking, however this is more of a gas soak vs liquid and I plan to do this once every couple of weeks
 Below, is from Laz's trim this past Thursday. We are leaving sole totally alone but removing some bar so it doesn't spill over onto sole again. Some slight heel toe and wall rasping as well as you can see below in blurry pictures

 NOW..for some hoof comparison pics.
Can I just say, how glad I am that I take monthly photos..it just helps SO much to see where we are going.
Below is from Jan 2011, so almost a year ago..
 Ugh..that medial side shows DAMAGE and I see how high his heels are here below..as well as the false sole build up
 And this seedy toe, stretched laminae is from a year ago as well
Below is from Oct 2011, just a couple of months ago..
To compare with TODAY, below...
I can see some positive change; tightening of that hoof wall and toe holes have almost all but sealed up. It's slight but again, being from just a couple months ago, I think that is great progress.
Below shows why it's so important to shoot from all angles..you can't even see the hoof wall issues from photo below 
Still dealing with bruising but the sole FEELS harder.
I've been using Keratax Hoof hardener as well as making sure his diet is up to par to help with all  hoof growth, blood circulation, etc.
I JUST started adding to his BP, J-herb as well as MSM this past Thursday.

And Mason and Pudgie napping below ...does it get sweeter?


  1. You got way more snow than we did! Amazing to see a buck, I have never seen one, just does.

    Glad you had a good ride. And your dogs are so cute!

  2. I always love the pictures you post...there's something so lovely about pictures from horseback. And heck yeah, even a hoof dummy like me can see his progress! His body condition is also looking STELLAR! Good job lady:)

  3. Wow, that's great to see the changes in his hooves! You can definitely tell he's making some good progress.

  4. Whoooaaa whoa WHOA, that hoof was all kinds of scary!!! Michelle is doing a great job repairing all the damage that was done to that hoof.
    Are thos dark areas bruising? And how bizarre that you can still see stretched laminae--?! I've never seen anything like that before. I am definitely going to forward this to Candy because I would love to hear her opinion.

  5. It is so smart of you to keep a photo record, I'm still kicking myself for not getting a full range of photos when I first saw Zippy.

  6. Aww that picture of the pups is adorable!

    Have you tried salt water on his hooves? It helps dry them out and harden them. Worked great for Chrome's thrush.

    His hoof looks so much better! It's amazing how far he's come. :)