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...

Monday, June 6, 2016

Mason

How quickly things can change ....our sweet boy Mason was having cluster seizures this evening and we rushed him to the emergency vet to euthanize him. He was done and we didn't want him to fight or suffer through these seizures. He started having infrequent seizures after Pudgie passed in early October. He's been on medicine to curb it and we maintained a happy life for him and his seizures popped up once every couple of months. I don't know what triggered the cluster tonight, but it became clear, quickly, we were not going to let our boy suffer. 
I have had this gentleman for over 13 years. This is strange, sad and quiet. 
He was the best, very best loyal friend and family member. 
I am trying to focus on all the fun we had. We did have years of it. 
Resting on my pregnant belly in 2015...

I miss you my sweet baby boy. Your soul inspires me to live a full life happily as you did. I hope I will get to see you again somehow, my best boy. I love you. We love you. 

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Spring catch up


Hello! (Yikes, it's been so long....I'm not sure there is a reading soul left but if you are reading...thank you! And Hi!)
Things are going well despite my lack of allowing time to blog about us
Recently, I've been able to carve out once a week trail rides with my best Bay, Laz. Once a week for some of you daily riders (awesome and I'm jealous) is as great as it gets for me/us. It's part of my daily juggling act; which no complaints...I'm lucky!! It's working full time, being a mom and the barn being 35 minutes away (it actually is closer to me since we moved in December which is a huuuuuuuge perk)
What's also A.M.A.Z.I.N.G is having a beautiful Michigan recreational park, that I can ride to. No trailer involved. Easy and thank you! I am so so so so thankful I moved to this private residence barn, now almost 5 years ago, right near Kensington. I'm the only boarder currently and it's been great. Laz has done so well since the day we moved here and is very content in his free turnout life. His has another OTTB gelding and a welsh pony mare to play with. 
Below are some photos from our recent trail rides:
Swimming in the river
He splashed in the water for 15 minutes. I have videos of it on my FB and IG

Oh, below is a photo of Stone my son (now almost 17 months) and his best dog brother, Mason who is now 13!!! No more barn time for Mason as his arthritic body can't tolerate a car ride anymore or walks longer than several minutes. It's been an adjustment and he is in daily support and care until we see he isn't as happy anymore. It's not far away, as heart breaking as it is for me...he is my Regal boy and I want to do his loyal heart justice with a happy end. 
In the meantime my heart is so happy that Stone gets to love on him. I'm happy Stone is a Mason lover

A quick work lunch, time enough to run and kiss my pony face! Sometimes my clients live close out towards the barn so I will always sneak in a quick visit and a snuggle and an inhale of "ponyatherapy"
Trail ride out in one of the big fields. This is always when Laz squeals and tries to pull a naughty act of "let's goooooo!" 
Trail along the river. So so lovely
The best area to canter through...
One a quick road ride where we work on touching all things. Garbage bins?! Sure. Touch it. He's awesomely curious. I love this horse. 
Around a narrow bend of a trail 
The glossy spring coat in full effect
My nugget. Sorry not sorry. Can't help it! He's my lover. 
Ponying the pony on one of our trails. It's amazing how well they all get along as a herd. 99% of the time. Laz was GREAT as letting me pony her. I was super super proud. We had some tight maneuvering at times on the trail or times where the lead line snuck under his tail and he was my steady eddy. 
Riding in the pasture with spring daisies. 
"Jumping" aka walking or trotting over the pole. I do miss jumping. One day. I keep hope. His hoof is still changing for the better. The wedge is almost all gone and I am wolfing on building the heel buttress up vs being so underrun. 
My sexxxxxxy guy. I luv him. He truly is a fantastic soul. 
And I do post on Instagram way, way more often....so I'd love to have you follow along there. Below is a screen shot of my IG name 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Hoof update for Laz


For those of you who don't know, Laz foundered a billion years ago (7 to be exact) and I/some amazing trimmers have been working on rehabbing his right hind hoof since. We have gone through 5 trimmers and back to our favorite who works with us long distance and helps correct/maintain and I trim in between. So Laz may get trimmed 4-6x by them in a year and I whittle every few weeks in between. 
Anyhow, it's been a long while since I posted about it. Here are OLD photos from October 2014....

Soft crushed sole with so much bar issue/damage

Laminar wedge. Yikes. And off bi laterally big time  
Crushed heels
Wedge and bruising oh my

And now some comparisons from this past week:
Some positive growth. Currently using silversol spray 
Seems like toe can still come back a ways BUT I get nervous to bare too much off so I will discuss with my trusted trimmers 
Much better connection happening in hoof wall as it grows down and out
The sole is still soft in parts but the wall in beginning to develop a bit better. Heels are still crushed and forward/long toe but I'm slowly pulling back allowing the sole some elevated protection-it's so flat. Hard to tell from sole shot photo! 
Thoughts?!



Friday, February 12, 2016

Sneaking in time


Or 
A blizzard visit is worth a kiss

Thursday, December 10, 2015

We moved! Laz didn't

I'm laying here in bed, with no internet or cable happily writing this. Sometimes I long for the quiet of no tv yet I'm also stupidly addicted to reality nonsense tv (Bravo and E!) the food network and cooking channel. I have my husband snoring away and my almost 11 month son in the middle happily snoozing. And I can write. Ahhhhh.
We are also surrounded by boxes! 
Boxes that we packed and brought here, to our new home. New to us but it's actually a 1977 contemporary quad. It's open and airy and there's deer that snack on our neighbors apple tree. It's in a suburban subdivision that has a huge field with a park, track and a pond that looks like a small lake. I want to bring Laz over for a day (although I'm sure the city will ticket me) but one can dream. It puts me about 15 minutes closer to the barn. Every minute counts. 
Laz is doing well. He's healing from a slip (??) and had a slightly stocked up RH leg. That hoof still doesn't have the same sole or traction so I'm not shocked he slipped. There were tons of gallop, er slow canter skid marks in their soft pasture and with this wet Spring like weather, it's that recipe.  He's fine and I cold hosed several times but no riding or any work as he heals. I won't wrap/stall because he would go bonkers town and it seemed very minor. 
We brought Stone out to visit and hopes to get great photos but he is PETRIFIED of Laz. Like shock, screamed and cried. I've never seen him react that way and poor Laz just wanted to nuzzle and snort in him. For Stones sake (and to keep his future therapy costs down) we kept the fence in between them. Come this Spring we will work on this. Hopefully my child loves horses or at the very least isn't going to shit his pants in public at the sound of clip clopping 




The night of our move-14 hours of moving!
Mason (12.5 yrs) loving his bigger front/back yard. We wish Pudgie could have come. We miss our sweet deceased Frenchie so much