Saturday afternoon, I arrived excited for our appointment with a trimmer who for 2 years, I've been emailing to come help us!!!and was finally coming out.
I got there early, Laz was in "Im gunna napz" mode
He likes to take some of his naps out in the sun and others in his studio apartment above
Hard to break OTTB habits of growing up.
Stall = safety
His head is always poked out though
Then, M&L arrived
Hands down, some of the NICEST horse loving knowledgeable people.
I wasn't too surprised because my current trimmer M, suggested them as well, and she is ranked as "some of my fave peeps of all time too."
That's a technical group-very hard to get in ;)
We talked for a good HOUR before he even laid hands on Laz.
All about his story, what we've done, what we think works and doesn't work.
What his diet is (if you trimmer doesn't ask you this; they should), what his exercise program is, what his daily turnout is (24/7 baby), what his daily demeanor is, etc etc etc
Every thing was discussed, and talked about before, during, after.
L, his wife and business partner (and photographer) was a favorite with Laz.
He loves a pretty lady
Do you see how great they are? They brought pads for him to stand on for comfort.
A++ is my book
Lots of measuring...
I dont know if many of you have seen this; a hand held 'trimming' device for rolling/beveling
The RH in all it's ugly glory...
RH image from Jan of 2011...below
Shit, when I look at this picture now..HOLY high unbalanced heels!
M&L left me with this product to treat his 'thrush' spots and black areas on RH with
It's called Thrush off
Add it to my collection....and apply
After our 3-4 hour meeting it was suggested to me to get a new round of xrays on hinds. DIGITAL this time.
And to look into ultrasounds on his hind fetlock areas to look at ligament/damage/strain/etc
I'm searching around and calling for pricing on this...
I am also to use my Sport Medicine boots on his hinds for added support, as we tested his trot before and after. He had more 'spring' to his trot and comfort, in his leg boots.
So booted, he shall be!
So booted, he shall be!
M&L took off some 'dead' toe on RH and just all around smoothed things up on all 4.
He wants me to leave a bit more heel on his hooves (I was shocked but I also think it makes sense) and shorter toes. He also suggested on fronts to leave/allow his bars to grow past mid frog to give the support his sole wants. Another shocker, but we'll try and see.
So, more info to come....in the next few weeks.
Overall, it was a great meeting and we'll see what the tests say in terms of Laz's rehab
He may have some major damage, he is an 11 yr old OTTB, so arthritis is a probabilistic issue, but hopefully, we can get him more sound.
Isn't that always my goal?
More comfort for him.
I went to make sure there was no new soreness from trim
There was not; as it should be
I booted Laz up in his SMB II's which gave him some support suggested by M&L
(the visual difference was HUGE to me too, in our trail tests)
Laz and I just hacked around bareback in his pasture, mostly at the walk.
We added a few trots in there, but nothing more than a minute or so at a time
It was HOT
Does anyone else hate riding in HEAT!
Laz looking out at the BO's umbrella
I left Justin in with us, and we rode along with us at times.
We practiced 'herding a spotted cow' ;)
Long and low
Then, after about 30 minutes; it was BATH time!
His rain rot is almost all gone, this will be his 3rd treatment shampoo in the last few months
That shampoo works pretty well, his 'rain rot' is really just slow healing dry patches that need fur on it now. No more scabs, no new spots, just taking their sweet ass time to heal
I put my things away, after hand grazing to dry Laz...and came out to this;
For a second, I thought.."Ummmmm is he OK?!"
Yup-Just a snooze/roll in the warm sand
I rubbed his back/hip which M&L believe to be quite stiff
He enjoyed it
He is getting quite used to a good life of back rubs, chiro work, massage, trimmer extraordinaires
As it should be!
I hope to have more info soon regarding xrays/ultrasounds and of course..NERVOUS about it, but need to face what is real head on, for best case rehab for him.