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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...

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Celebrate the 4th

Happy 4th of July!
I love the 4th, well really any holiday that celebrates good weather, good friends and good eating with no gifting pressure.
Unless you count making a food dish to pass a gift. Which I really do!
We cruised over to the West side of Michigan to our friend's cottage in Castle Park
Castle Park is literally like being in the movie of Dirty Dancing. 
It's the kind of place where the cottages are inherited, fantastic views of Lake Michigan, private beaches, the terrain is hilly, woody and fairy tale like with secret trails, and an amphitheater from the 1800's. There IS a Castle, and at night it's a bar with free beer and wine (eh ya...free) and their own private ice cream parlor, tennis courts, dancing with music by sunset on a bluff is just some of the summer Michigan magic.
Castle Park used to be the largest Horse show in MI back in the day...hence the magic there
Here was our view for 4 days
Lake Michigan
It's amazing how many people don't realize that Lake Michigan actually looks like an ocean. 
Oh, and the neighbor's fantastic display of fireworks
 Michigan has some spectator seasons and when you get to play by the Lake, major relief from the HOT sun
And back to the angel face
Living the life of relaxtion
 He was recasted this time with Equicast, by my trimmer, the morning of the 4th
We  both felt the resin in the Orthotape was a bit too unforgiving, not enough flexation.
For Laz's hoof, being his hoof wall is impaired it may have jammed in there causing worse pain and  actually pulling it apart. So glad I took if off in under 24 hours
 He's back to walking/trotting/cantering on his own
He is still on vacay for a bit. I just want to give him time, although a bareback ride soon will not hurt him
Toe stabbing below.
My hopes are when we get this hoof right (when will it happen!??!) everything else will get a chance for rebalance
 Casted RH
 See how odd he walks on his club too (RF)...I make myself crazy with all of this but then I just need to remember, he's happy and alive and moving.
This shot was mid turning as well
Ah the simple pleasures of being a loved OTTB


  1. Beautiful! Lake Michigan is my absolute favorite!
    Thanks for all the info on the hoof casts! My friend ordered the casts for her guy!
    I hope Laz gets balanced for you!

  2. Happy and alive and moving are all what's most important. You are so good to him!

  3. Happy and alive and moving. This should be every horse owners' mantra. Laz is all of that and thriving so stop worrying. He is good!

    Love the July 4th report. How idyllic is that? I had a few days on Lake Michigan once in the 90's and it was as you say - just like an ocean. I was amazed!

  4. Ah--to be by a lake in this hot weather--how nice! Yes, the Great Lakes are great by sheer size!

    As you and Juliette said,"Happy, alive, and moving"--yes, very true and Laz is certainly all that. Hope his hoof improves.

  5. He is happy and alive. That's the most important part!

  6. As a person who grew up in Illinois, I have always thought Lake Michigan is VERY ocean like. People who have never seen it really have no idea! When I read about Laz's feet, I have total empathy. I understand! I get it! It is frustrating, but like everyone says, he is happy. he can move. You can hug him and hug him and hug him. That's a gift for both of you.