About this Blog

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...

Sunday, December 30, 2012


I'm glad that I can approach my resting pony without the stomach dropping fear of "omg why is he laying down?!"  I know him, I know his napping times and this was just one of them. It took a while for me to get here..to let go of fear a bit.  
It had snowed a lot the night before with high winds and low temps so I had blanketed him. He was warm and happy to shed his rug and roll in the snow
We rode a bareback hack. The pasture was literally too pretty to ride in, so I left it alone and we went for a ride down the road
I mean, sometimes, you just can't beat nature or mess it up
We had such powdery snow to plow through, what a good work out for Laz and Mason
 Playing in a side field along the road, where Laz was pawing at the snow threatening to roll
I had to steer him past it as he full on ROLLED with me in the water only last month...I didn't want to test his 'want' again
 Look at how much snow we have already, it's beautiful
 Bare toes
"I iz sleepin nows..you go homez"
On Saturday, I took a bunch of videos of our ground work for an online lesson I'll have with my Parelli trainer coming up this week. SO excited! For $25 she helps with any 'issues' or sticky spots and we have one going on.
It's minor but I want to nip it in the bud before it escalates  Laz is tossing his head and doing this physical 'thing'..it's not a buck, it's not a crow hop, it's like snaking his head side to side, tossing out his front legs, forward and semi crow hopping/baby threatening bucks.
At any rate, he did it on the trails this past Fall, and lately in our winter work so, I want/need help with it. Looking forward to what she has to say :)
Sunday, I got video of us riding, and dealing with said situation
But despite the tiny misbehaving moments caught on our youtube, Laz was such a good boy...
 We road rode (lol!) and played in the thick soft snow
I used our treeless and need to take the stirrups down a couple of notches-yipes
 Working through some deeper snow/brush aka making a good trail pony :)
 Some trot work (girl, keep you head UP)
 Some stills from our ride
Dressage anyone?! ;)
In all seriousness, he is acting very coltish and I want to know how to handle this. 
It reads as soooo small on video but under saddle it feels big and STRONG
I just want to know 'why?'
Do I channel it? Do I push through? Do I stop him? etc etc...we'll see after we skype to discuss 
The side tossing of his head side to side, in a bareback situation makes it VERY hard to stay on
Being he did this a lot more on our rides, I want to contain/change it now before it turns into a nasty habit.
Speaking of coltish, doesn't Laz look like a 3 yr old below?! 
He's a handsome 11 yrs old :)
Another video still and maybe a favorite photo... what a handsome boy
Speaking of handsome, what better view than your man riding your fuzzy horse
Billy is 6'3" for size comparison, he makes Laz look like a pony. We just walked around and I stuck by Laz's head as Billy got to enjoy 'the feeling' of Laz walking
So cute :) 
You have to appreciate a non horsey hubbie willing to come out to the barn to video tape while he misses football.  
The Lions suck anyway, right??? ;)
 Laz eating his warm mash of hay cubes, beet pulp, spirulina and chia seed
 Not one calorie was burned ;)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012


 On our way out of town for a few days, we were able to stop by the barn to check in on Laz to/from.
He's doing well, I wonder if he was able to say his own quiet 'good bye' in the night when Justin was laid to sleep nearby before he was picked up the next day.  
It was a quiet, still, starry and clear night, so I hope so...

Christmas morning, the barn owner sent me these two images;

It was exactly what I needed. A smile and a laugh.
The horses were fed peppermints and each got a Guinness in their grain at night.
Camel lips, hmmm seems someone smelled a candy cane!

On Christmas Day, I was so grateful to be able to stop mid day for some Christmas hugs
and kisses

 Lots of both.
We both needed them

Laz got a new saddle pad from BOT which I thought would be great for winter riding.
Black licorice which has become his new favorite thanks to E introducing it to him ;) and a Blue Ribbon from OTTB Designs. I think Laz deserves a blue ribbon for just being his awesome self and my wonderpony
 Today, I went out early in the morning and put on his winter blanket. We are supposed to have 25 mph winds and 4-6" of snow so I thought he could use the extra protection despite his thick coat.
The herd has seemed to actually come together a bit closer, sensing they lost an important one.
If weather cooperates I hope to get Laz out for a change of pace mentally and physically.
 And of course Mason channeled his inner wolf and enjoyed his barn romp with having a three day hiatus 
Thanks for the kind comments on my last post. 
It helps so much to vent on my blog and to read words of encouragement.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The loss of a dear friend, Justin

 Yesterday was one of those days, where it's tremendously hard to be a horse Mom.
My friend E, lost her beautiful WB X Justin yesterday...Laz's best friend.
 He showed mild signs of colic, we met at the barn and she did everything, everything right to try and help him as we waited for our Vet. Thankfully, our Vet was on Emergency call but despite about 5 hours of medicine, hand walking, massage, curry combing, tubing full of electrolytes it was starting to become clear that he was showing signs of possible distress. 
She made the brave decision (and to say incredibly hard is an understatement) to end it and not let him suffer.
We all cried, sobbed and all our hearts shattered.
 Laz had been by Justin's side almost the entire time. Free walking with us as we hand walked Justin for hours.  
Towards the end, we had to keep shooing him off as he kept nudging at his buddy "come on...come play!"
E thanked her lovely boy for the 11-1/2 yrs that he was her best friend and the world's best horse.
He really was a kind hearted, silly, and  loving horse!
 As her friend, I was there for Justin along with the Vet, the Barn owners and her Mom so she leave with her boyfriend and not have to watch him be put down.
 It was very quiet, very peaceful yet completely heart breaking.
I kissed him, told him how thankful I was that he and Laz loved each other before he went.
 I shut his eyes and just wept.
 I cried because my friend lost her beautiful, talented horse so suddenly...
 I cried because my horse lost his best friend...
 His favorite riding buddy...
 Justin gave Laz confidence and friendship
There was just a very special, honest and caring relationship between these two.

 I know Laz has never had a friend, in my owning him, like Justin
 They were together always. 
If I took Laz away, Justin waited for him.
 Two like and kind minds...

It will take a lot of time for us all to heal and for the herd to adjust.
It's never easy to lose a very special soul
Justin-Tyme, I know you know you were well loved. 
I want to thank you for being my horse's best friend and for being a sweet and gentle horse.  
May you be running in heaven above
You will be missed dearly.