Someone has been feeling "Spring Air" with wild eyes and crazyeee behavior.
It's been funny and at times, totally frustrating.
Laz can slip into "SAVE MYSELF!!" behavior quickly and can try to tune me out, so I have to match that energy and remind him "Um no...."
We had a visit from our lovely Vet for a Rabies vaccine. It went off without a hitch (phew!) and she is SO great about helping me work through my anxiety with certain vaccinations for Laz.
Next up will be Tetanus next month.
She did a follow up lameness check on him and thought he looked so much better in comparison to November. His Chiro adjustments, my Trimmer's hoof work, balancing his diet and his ability to stay out and moving.
BOOM BOOM BOOM! :)
She told me to get to work on really starting to exercise him and double check with Chiro to make sure back is happy with those slow changes at his next visit
So, this past week, we took just long hand walks as he was a crazy pants McGee for a bareback hack.
He acted like he had never walked down this dirt road before.
In his defense, it was a bit slippery so I'm not sure if that made him feel uneasy but I kept him in the deeper sections of snow.
Every noise made him jump and spook.
I had asked Vet about his excitable behavior and she seemed to think his amount of Triple Crown L/S couldn't be enough calories to make him hotter. I'm not sure I agree 100%..I've cut back his Chia seed and in about a month, I may start cutting back his feed too (currently getting 3 cups not scoops, twice a day). She thinks he's feeling better and is not able to use his body in a stronger way. He can feel great, but he needs to keep his manners...so I've been doing a lot of reminding and ground work to try and instill that good behavior and space around me.
On Sunday, the winds were just whipping through and something by the barn just kept freaking him out. He would snort and side leap. We worked on ground, circling towards and away the barn, squeezing through and backing off, until he finally settled.
It took a good 45 minutes and a lot of games. He fought the first 25 and was a total lunatic and then finally started to breathe and calm down.
See, calmer eye below
Then, after our work, it was complete mind resetting. He kept eye rolling, yawning, shaking his head. It must have been a lot for his OTTB brain to handle.
I will say, he did SO great in the end. He even started listening to me MORE as the two other horses were racing all around us.
I think with this newer set up we need to work on; I come first, his friends come 2nd.
He is fighting his instinct of flight versus thinking...
Oh, and shedding has BEGUN...!