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...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Whew! Our family Thanksgiving is always great. We gather on Turkey day and then re gather causally in PJ's, after shopping, errands, etc to re eat for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. By Sunday my pants don't fit!
Our feast, we all love to cook! 
Two types of mashed potatoes, Stuffing, raw dinosaur Kale salad, Momofuku brussel sprouts , braised fennel, sweet potato and pecan casserole, pomegranate and caramelized onion chutney, cranberry sauce, corn bread muffins  gravy and lastly the piece de resistance; the Jamie Oliver Turkey-a Kelly Bronze   

Earlier that day, I had gone to give thankful kisses to Laz who was enjoying a lazy, sunny day
He helped me refill his water tank ;)
Thanks kind Sir
We took a few nice walks this past weekend. No riding, the weather was a bit wicked and wiiiindy
But I did some major relaxing and cuddling with these monkies
 Mason is thankful for a Frenchie quarter sheet and Pudgie is thankful to lick fur
Hope your Thanksgivings were great!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Big boy pants

Saturday; sunny mid 40's and zero wind=great riding weather so my fellow barn boarder and I set a date to meet. I decide that Laz was looking quite sound and was ready. We had been doing every other day hand walking and he was fine.
Pulling up to the barn, Laz trotted up to the fence.
Now, I've also been feeding him his soaked beet pulp which he adores, so this is more "YUmmz treatz ladee is hur!" than anything else
Groom session for drama llama 
Don't you love how Laz ground ties HIMSELF lol
So, E and her spotted wonder X Justin, Laz and I headed out to our trusty trail loop-down our dirt road
Laz is Mr. I LEAD ALL THE TIMES pony now
Sunshine!! Bliss
Photo opt. I'm annoying at documenting all the goods but I just can't help myself.
Look below, he's even RESTING on his RH-score.
I don't boot him anymore on our trail rides (the ground is totally good/fine for his hooves)
 Below is E and Justin, who are total rockstars. 
Her boy LOVES to jump-they should totally do XC I tell her all the time!
There are many fun downed logs but not for Lazaroo and I
We just admire and watch and take photos which is fine with me.
Maybe one day..?! 
So, I tried to track our riding but for some reason my Endomondo kept disconnecting which was SO annoying because we did some trot work, canter sessions and RODE. I wanted to see how fast we went and how many miles.
After about 1.45 hr we decided the day was today.
TO CROSS MILFORD ROAD to get to Kensington Metro Park
It was quick, un eventful and the horses acted like they do this all the time.
It's just a QUICK red light-so you have to cross QUIIICK, with anxious drivers so I'm not 100% comfortable but we did it and it was fine.
I love riding with E because she's chill and funny.  She helps me a lot with my road riding confidence!
And look at this scenery!!
The boys were SO funny. They started getting so excited to ride somewhere new and broke out into a trot and then a full Calvary charge!
We literally laughed the whole time and I said "These boys know us too well"
Along side Huron River
Laz below, showing his ants in his pants
We traded for a bit so Laz could remember how to follow and he enjoyed the mental break and turned into a hound dog sniff sniffing everything
Photo Opts! E and Justin
Me and Laz
What is so great about Kensington is you get to experience (on one of the 4 trails) open fields as well as trails
Laz was very interested in the campers
We walked down to the river...
 Laz locked in on it right away. It's been a year since I took him here
 He immediately started pawing  repeatedly and playing in the water
 I thought "Hey great, ice cold water for his legs mid ride---perfect!"
 Silly boy playing away, then the next thing I knew...
He ROLLED!!!! 
More so dropped down as I was literally saying "Watch him roll (sarcastically)" and he dropped like a calf and laid in the river and I promptly stepped off into knee deep water!
It was actually hilarious!
Fatty was hot and wanted to play in his kiddie pool!

 After our swim lesson, Laz was 10000% recharged!
He was FEISTY!
Here he is saying "NO MOR PICKTURRRRS"
I kept calling him Mule because..well, he was acting like one
We can normally ride 80% of our ride on the buckle but after the river swim, he was ready to FLY
In the field we trotted back to the trails because both boys wanted to RUN and Laz made it clear by squealing and tossing his head that he wanted to really be galloping but he kept his cool after a few stern "UH NO!!!"
These two boys love to ride together!
 Someone was quite pleased with himself!
All ended well, he remained sound and no re-swelling of tendon.
The next day I cold hosed and put his medicine on just as a precaution 
HOORAH for trail OTTB's
It's a non jumping version of cross country fun!
Right??! ;)
It feels so good to be back on him again!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

The little chestnut that could

Sharing his beet pulp mix with Pito
I love how much Laz loves his herd. What.a.difference!
Out on our daily walks per vet and he's doing great. 
Not taking a lame step
His winter coat is puffing right in!
I think he's also ready to get back to riding
"TRAILS!! Lesssss go!"
Bringing him in one rainy day to eat- ground tie
I hate cross ties and just don't use them. I can, he can, but I prefer to not.
This horse is so good. I can walk away from him, do chores, fill supplements and he's just like "Whatevers.."  He will occasionally watch me and if I'm out of sight he'll nicker but he remains chill
Walking the boys-gotta love multitasking
Updated side profile of Laz's RH hoof
Below is from August.. growth, people, GROWTH! :)
Rear view of RH as of late
and front view, medial wall still has a ways to go but I've been quite happy with this cast

While waiting for Laz's sprained tendon to heal completely, the weather on Saturday was too good to pass. 50's and sunny (spots) but in November, that means "LET's DO THIS!"
I borrowed the BO's pony sized OTTB "Red Zepplin" and we hit the trails with E and Justin

Red is an awesome boy.
Insecure and young but willing and has the energy of 10 horses. 
We jigged the first two miles sideways. 
I didn't care, I just wanted him to keep moving forward which he did.
He was screaming as you can see above, for the first 20 minutes, so I just kept a loose rein and patted him often, urged him on.  He was VERY responsive to the petting, lots of licking/chewing and sighing.  
But don't fret....
Here is how he ended the 2 hour ride;
Calm and on the buckle.
Good boy!
He hasn't been ridden in about a month, but we tacked up and just headed out.
Once we found a good spot on the trail, we opened the boys up and cantered.
Red LEPT into his tiny canter like a deer!
It was exactly what they needed. 
BIG sighs and more brain work after that

We worked on following , side by side riding (which brought the OTTB out in him BIG time but he got over it after a bit)...
 and leading.
He's a great great little 15 h guy!
We even popped over a few downed logs! 
Like ah-mazing.
I think Red and I will be riding a bit more together :)
Here he is doing the 'release' scratch. Ahhhh back at home
He was 10000% good in my book!

Laz was all "What IN the FACK!? Why u not takez me?!"
"We is the trail buddiez Justin, why you Leaves me..I is sooo happy you is homez!"
On our way out, both Laz and Pito were flying around like crazy, lol
 Laz and tired Red
 Red was much more tired mentally than physically. He hardly broke a sweat and even though we rode for two hours; cantered several times, did trot work and did some jumps, but we walked them the last 35 minutes homes to cool them out

Who doesn't love a little Red guy?!