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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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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

"Off the Track Jacket" and hoof updates

My Husband and I went out to the barn to take some photos of me riding in my new OTTB product, the "Off the Track Jacket"
I'm advertising in Dapple Grey's upcoming holiday edition and needed to get some photos asap
 I would have preferred to have someone else in 'ad' this but..Laz is definitely handsome enough 
despite, of course having brand new herd love bites on him.
 The Fall colors are so awesome but BRRR it's been chilly lately; 40's and low 30's in evening are making for "Laz the Yak" to appear a bit early.
 I think I'm going with one of these above...still have to figure out the layout of my logo, etc.
After the 5 minute photo session, I couldn't LEAVE without riding him, but Hubbie was starting to whine, the Tigers game was soon going to be on, etc etc so it was a quick 15 minute play session.
 Laz was READY to move move move!
Love his neck here and remember, he's bit-less!
Below you can see he's actually chewing.
He was a bit anxious and reallly wanting to RUN but behaved...mostly

 He was a bit naughty throwing in his snakey side to side head tosses that are quite powerful and can throw me off balance quickly, and would try to pick up a bigger trot or canter, and being bareback (no helmet!!) I wasn't into it.
 After cleaning his hooves, his cast has now cracked off competely on lateral side.
Cast is about 4 weeks old so this is lasting longer than last time
 I soaked his foot the day before for an hour in clean trax to help keep it clean
The horizontal crack above his heel is concerning to me but my trimmer is aware and said to keep moving on and we'll address it at next wrapping coming up in two week's time. That crack is where we think he blew out an abscess about a month ago-or more under his 1st cast. 

See below for a comparison shot of then; (a month ago) so see growth difference to above photo.

Sept 2nd
Below-Oct 9th
(Looks ratty because I hadn't groomed him yet-yipes!)

Definite growth which is great. I can see where the abscess blow out has grown down.
That heel crack just frightens me...While we wait for our next hoof cast, I'll continue to soak in Clean Trax and apply Thrush off to keep clean.
My trimmer still wants me to ride him and even suggested for trail rides to wrap the area with vet wrap/duct tape to keep sand/gravel out and KEEP HIM MOVING.
I'm DYING to get back out on the trails so hoping it works out weather wise this weekend!


  1. I LOVE the first photo...although it goes against my nature because I normally make an effort to love photos on the ground if helmets are not in play. The top one is honestly the best in my opinion though. You and Laz both totally look like models!!!!!

    1. I know, I NEVER ride w/o helmets so it was really stupid of me. I even wondered; should I advertise being on a horse's back w/o a helmet?? BUT, I thought it just looked better but promise, we DO wear our helmet 99.9% of the time! :)

  2. All the photos are great! You and Laz look so wonderful. Glad you had a happy ride and good news on the feets.

    Your husband wanting to go (for baseball - here it is Yankees) and you sneaking in a 15 minute ride is my life exactly. I am constantly squeezing in quick rides to keep Brian and Maizie happy. We horsey women drive our people crazy!

  3. Adorable pics! I actually prefer the 2nd one because you can see the logo on the jacket better. If you crop it, I think it would be perfect (plus it doesn't show someone on a horse sans helmet ;-) Ok, that is all from the Heet Police for now).

    For the abscess crack/eternal abyss, what about some Keratex Hoof Putty? It has slow-release antibiotics and I think it helps the hoof wall stay stronger and maintain its integrity because it fills in the empty space. I think if I had used it on Salem's abscess cavern, the wall underneath wouldn't have cracked. Just a theory! I keep meaning to buy some in case Salem gets another one (*knocking on wood* so he doesn't!).

  4. Oops, meant Helmet Police. Damn autocorrect!

    1. You know Frizzle, I HAVE that putty...but part of me wonders if it could almost act like a wedge to drive it apart further...so I'm just going to do soaks and hope to god it helps.
      I know about the helmet, PROMISE, we wear! When I zoom in on the 2nd one, it gets blurry. We took these w/ my iphone lol!!! Total professionals here ;0

    2. Hhhhhmmmmm, don't know. I did stuff Salem's abscess cave with Magic Cushion a lot (after that crack developed) and it seemed to help hold everything together like hoof super-glue. But ya never know.

  5. Beautiful pictures! I also love that first one, but they're all gorgeous!

  6. Great pics, any of the first three would be awesome for promoting the jackets. As for the helmet--aw heck, I got on a time or two in the pasture just to ride Harley up to the barn, sans helmet, and this from one who definitely prefers to where one! Anyway, for the pics, it looks better without, I say.
    Hope Laz's foot heals up soon.

  7. You and Laz are lovely!

    I love finding time to get a ride in, although I have never been good about keeping barn visits short. Time moves at a different rate over there.