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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, October 24, 2013

Trail Loving-Part 2 of 2

The last time J9 brought Kaspin to ride, it was NOT what I had envisioned. Laz was a total PIA but it showed the light for what he and I had to work on. So we have been working on those issues and we ready for Round #2 this past Sunday afternoon.
J9 and Kaspin were back visiting (she trailer-ed in to my location, it was mostly sunny and the Fall colors were out; we were determined to have a great ride!
I'm happy to say Laz marched right out. All our practicing was paying off. I had set him up for success by groom/tacking him up and having him already out before she trailered in. I figured it would start our partnership of better vs pulling him from the field from his screaming buddy.
It worked well for all
Heading down the dirt road (it rained all day prior but our riding day was gorgeous)
Who rides like this? Lately, my saddle has seemed slightly ...off. More on that later.
(I'm not blaming my saddle fyi, my posture can be piss poor!)
J9 and Kaspin (who is not a draft, he's a Haflinger, a huge one though) by the neighbor's tree
We were happy to have a good launch from the start and laughed about how crappy the last ride was (mailbox murders and all)
Heading through a neighbors property towards the trail
Laz did a phenomenal job leading and worked with me as I encouraged his forward movement.
He was a bit jumpy but never was panicked

 Into the trails, quite shaded
 Figures, I look Left, Laz goes Right "Hi buddyz"
 J9 and I met probably 4 years ago, at a laminitis seminar. I was standing in line to talk to the Vet after the seminar (this was a month or so after Laz was sick) and she was in front of me. We just started chatting, found out we both lived less than 1/2 mile apart yet both boarded about 45 minutes away near each other. She's helped me through so much with Laz and is such fun to ride with. Both Laz and Kaspin have literally the same personality! It's hilarious!

 We both love taking photos so it was all about "ooh look at that tree, or look at the sunlight here!" 

 This is where I scratch Laz as a "Its OK" and he almost always licks/chews when I do it.
 Laz lead most of the trail but we switched off a couple of times.
Kaspin was great at leading/following and Laz enjoyed the mental break to follow
 At one of the trail exits by the Dairy Queen (which is now closed for the season). If you cross that road, you get to the main trail system area where you can ride for 6+ hours 
We used this spot to get the horses used to traffic/noise. Laz did a bit of a spook when a motorcycle revved his engine but he was OK to stop and eat after a bit. He was definitely asking to get back in the trails, so I offered one more bite and then we were on our way.

This is my favorite picture below!
 Kaspin leading. Tail envy anyone?!
He is like a Barbie dream horse and J9 is his little Barbie doll lol. 

 She's worked so hard with him and he's come SO far. Literally, the bravery she has given him is tremendous.

 The boys got along way better than last time too
 Although after we dismounted, they did rear up and try to bite each other's face over a grass spot. It was fast and crazy but no one got hurt and in fact, it was quite funny being they are so simliar, they both reacted the same way. It would be interesting to see who would be the dominate (I think Kaspin) in a herd.
I had set my Endomondo but it turned off after 15 minutes...we probably rode over 2.5 hours and over 6-8 miles. (Laz and I can do 4 miles in an hour at the walk/trot
It was a blast!!!
Trail rides like this are so important because the weather is quickly changing...

Me on Kaspin. 
J9 just got a new saddle which is H.E.A.V.E.N. and now I'm feeling the strong need for one. I felt so balanced and secure in it, I've never felt that good in a saddle! ugh...it's not inexpensive either.


  1. Awhh, you're the best writer!! I love your blog! You don't have the worst posture, LOL. Cannot wait to do it again!! And you also did wonders for Laz!! You two are awesome together!!!!!!!!!! xoxoxoo P.S It is sooo funny how both of them are soooo identical in manners:)

  2. I agree you do not have piss poor posture at all! We all sometimes slip into a chair seat especially when trail riding and having fun and not paying attention to our position. :)

    I can't believe it's been four years since Laz was sick! I didn't know I had been following you that long. I'm so glad he made it and is doing so well. He's such an awesome horse!

    And yes, I have tail (and mane) envy over Kaspin every time I see a picture of him. :D

  3. I just wanted to say that I am so happy for both you and Laz that you found each other those years ago. I have been watching y'all grow together for a long time (I think we maybe started blogging the same year?). I don't often have time to comment a lot but I follow everyone through my reader (I switched to InoReader after GoogleReader died, it's awesome and very similar, clean, and fast if you are looking for a new one, I tried Feedly and hated it). You and Laz are wonderful together and he always looks so happy and healthy and he owes that to your loving care. Many would have (and probably did) pass him by or give up on his feet, but you have not and he is doing so much happily and comfortable and I hope you are so proud of that. Love y'all!!! <3

  4. Fantastic trail ride. Thanks for allowing us to come along!!

  5. Did someone say Haflinger??? Because I LOVE Haflingers! And you are right: Barbie Dream Horse all the way!! I love the trail so much so I completely understand Laz's need to return to it. How cool that you found a fellow trailster! It is always nice to ride with someone...although going solo is just fine too. Those trails look very leafy and fabulous.