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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...

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Happy horse=happy girl

Anyone else feel that way? 
I'm sure it's a resounding "UM YEA!"
So, I had forgotten to mention that Laz had his hoof cast replaced last Thursday.
It's been on a week as of today, and he's doing great with it.
I think this is our #4 cast...
Here is Frankenfoot..but thrush is sllooowwwlllyyy going away...growing out as new hoof growth comes in with support of cast. I need to take a new picture of angle.
I do clean trax soaks every couple of weeks and the cast keeps his open laminae from wicking in anymore muck
In non frakenfoot news, all his other feet looked good. He rolled the heels of his club, took min off LF and LH. There wasn't a ton of growth in 6 weeks which is crazy, but it's true. I didn't touch him and in fact, his feet weren't needing it. He's moving more, we were riding more, and he never grows a super fast foot at this time of year. I had him check Laz's digital cushion build up, and he thought they still had a ways to go to build up/bulk up but seemed better.
My Trimmer M had me practice with an ace bandage how to put on a cast, just in case, I need to replace one immediately. Lord, it wasn't pretty. 
But if push came to shove and baby needed a cast, well then baby would get a cast via me, asap.
Here's baby eating his beet pulp slurpee that he loves to flip over in excitement.
 Hope your Halloween was great!
Ours was filled with friends, adorable costumes from neighbors, too much red wine (wait...is that possible? too much??), candy, pizza and laughs.
The puppy patrol stayed in while we all "partied" outside giving out treats.
Oh, and the best thing?!
Our Vet re-check appointment went very well.
She thinks Laz is looking great, healing faster than she thought which I was surprised at because I still thought he was being a bit 'shifty' but wants him to continue to chill for 2 more weeks, I'll apply Surpass but I can now hand walk him daily if I want. HOORAH! :)
She thinks in two weeks, I'll be riding him (gently) again.
And Mason was feeling better so I brought him to the farm with me.  
The Vet said "Your dog and horse have the same happy go lucky personality."
I asked her if she thought his tendon injury was a sign of him starting to break down. She said 'Definitely not. Freak accidents and tweaks happen. He's a very happy horse and keep him working. Is he the most athletic horse, absolutely not, but is he capable of performing  and being rode for years, yes!!!"
Thank you November!
You are a welcome sight.


  1. Replies
    1. I KNOW! :) I'm not breaking the champagne out until we are fully back into work and he's holding his own.

  2. Great news! I am a little confused about what I am looking at in the first hoof photo. It's probably me.

    We do not have Halloween until Monday. Governor's order post-hurricane

    1. You are looking at his post laminitic hoof, the RH, it all it's ugly glory. It's got a bulging medial sole, THICK infected hoof wall that is full of thrush/seedy toe due to separation from past that is having difficulty growing out. This photo is mid trim, prior to the new hoof cast going on to it. Does that make sense? Shot at a side angle just to make it more confusing. Happy Halloween then still to you! :)

  3. Congrats on the good news!

    1. Thanks! :) Can't wait to get back out and play xc on our trails (minus the jumping dammit)

  4. Clean trax is awesome. I know you are using a "barefoot" trimmer but when I have had a particularly tough bout of pathogens invading dead hoof tissue (read chronic laminitis with a 2 inch laminar wedge I had to remove) I'll burn the affected area with an old heated up rasp. It kills the pathogen where it is hiding inside the dead laminae and seals it from further invasion. Have had a lot of good luck with old cases that won't go away.

    1. I wouldn't "" him, he's done quite nice work around here and it the least egotistical trimmer I've worked with, minus my one before, which she was WONDERFUL too. The burning is DEFINITELY interesting!!!! I'll ask him about that. That doesn't damage any good living tissue? The cast provides a seal, so not sure we would 'need' to do that---but love hearing about it and learning more! THANKS!

  5. Also just a thought but on a lamantic hoof with a dropped sole, what is the purpose for loading the dropped sole that your trimmer gave you?

    1. Yea, this is tricky to answer. I'll try the best I can. That sole, its thin. We are hoping the new rads (in a couple of months) will sure thickening. The cast was to help with that somewhat. The infected hoof wall, is worse on medial side. That is where he rotated, medially, not tipped forward like most. SO, that hoof wall hasn't actually 'touched' the ground in YEARS. No lie. It's been crumbly, infected, soft so that sole may be a false sole, thin however, but def loads a lot more than it should. Without it, not sure how he would walk. Does that make sense? That frog is a bit thick and wide to help as well..we are 'trying' to get that cast to help w/ the new growth so he will have hoof wall hit the ground eventually, to help with loading. Does that make sense? It's a great question Syd. I think it's dealing with what we have, type situation. Any input is always appreciated :)

  6. 100% agree with the Happy Horse = Happy Girl! My husband would back that up to :)

  7. Feet are so tricky. I have spent many hours pouring over books on hoof structure, hoof problems, successes and failures in hoof care. I have never been so baffled than by my mare's one weird foot. I am so happy that Laz has been getting good reports about his health. No growth in 6 weeks sounds crazy sort of, but a farrier told me that once the weather cools, their hooves grow a lot less. I really appreciate the people who help make great hoof care a reality. Hats off to the farriers who care!