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...

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Yoga Pants and gym shoes

My husband stretching pre run. He ran a 10K last Saturday that was hosted on a Ranch, so...I drug myself out of bed at 5:30 am to tag along.
"A ranch you say??? Ya, I'll come !"
Plus it was just 30 minutes west of Laz so I knew I could work in a visit on the way back
While he ran, I was stalking the barn trying to get in...to no avail
They had trail rides but the first one left at 10, which was when he was finishing his race.
How random is this?! A Perch and a POA?? Now where have we seen this before ;)
Klein and Mocha doppelgangers!
On this ranch, you can CAMP WITH YOUR HORSE! Can you see the two black Tennessee walkers? 
Campgrounds, miles of horse trails...and um excuse me, a new pool.
Uh yea. I'm down with that.
Good job Billy!
Next up, our pony visit on the way home!
A quick demo of "How to freak your pony"

Laz is down with a good freakin'
I FINALLY used my new pad I bought in April at the Rolex. 
It's from Horze and it's YELLOW and shiny and puffy as I struggled with his girth.
My tall, dark and handsome boy
 Yoga pants and nikes--yea, it happened
 Laz's cast is still on and this Saturday it will be two weeks..hoping for it to last at least 3

 Oh the truth hurts, nice chin up ;)

 Left lead is so good, Right lead has spotty moments. I'm not pushing it until he has re-balanced 
 Our 'extended' trot

 Loving this barn time

 Classic face
Classic attire ;)
But wait my pad matches my laces-boo ya

Last Tuesday, Mason woke up stiff and sore. The worse we've ever seen. Randomly too as he hadn't really done anything new or different. He couldn't walk. He laid down and would cry when he tried to move. I cancelled my appointments, put a towel around his rib cage and took him right to the vet. I do NOT mess around when it comes to my Mason.
Billy came to meet us there on his way home. Mason was so happy
He was diagnosed with overall body soreness. Being 10+ yrs, it's bound to happen.
We got two scripts of painkillers/muscle relaxers and in 36 hours he felt better.
 Pudgie was very concerned and wouldn't leave his brothers side.
For two weeks, Mason has to rest/heal so no barn time for this brown angel.
He will get new bloodwork to make sure meds didn't react with his liver/kidneys and we'll have a script on hand to use as needed for him. For big swim days, etc. Just on days when this old man needs a little additional comfort. It was a jolt of reality for us. Mason isn't a puppy anymore. But thankfuly, he is currently happy and pain free and moving.
 This Wednesday, we were supposed to have a lesson but it got cancelled so we worked on cavaletti exercises
This is what Laz thought of them
What was awesome was I had him on the lunge, while I yanked out two of the cavalettis out of our storage stall, drug it out to the field, all the while he walked next to me. Not a care in the world.
 We worked on w/t/c over two poles and stopping, one foot over at a time, backing up, etc and he got a lot of licorice nibs for being stellar
 Thursday am, the BO and I set plans for a trail ride.
The weather was perfect, sunny and 68
 Walking through with our baby boys
Some of our friends we saw out on the trail
 Laz and I leading (side note, does anyone else wear a sad fanny pack so you can carry your phone/treats? I want a nice one, not like Gucci nice, just better than Walmart-le sigh. Why doesn't the horse industry make a cool one?!)
The trails are just so pretty, we are so lucky to have them and do not take them for granted. 
Riding in Michigan is pretty phenomenal.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Sunrises and Sunsets

 This past week, I babysat the barn. Two a days, I call it. I fed in the am/pm and it's the best way to start/end the day, even if it means it's 2 hour round trip x a day.
We barter and I got board off, so it's a win/win. They get to travel and I get to take care of the babies.
Side note; I found this little delicious gem at Trader Joes
"Pedigris"...and yes, it'a a racin' poneee
 I started on Saturday, and I decided Laz was DEFINITELY sound enough to ride that evening
We've had gorgeously cooler weather
 Joking around on my crazy, out of control OTTB...someone stop him
 Quick family photo
 Yippppeee, bareback pad, hunter boots and capri yoga pants
Yuck on my over using my inside rein, what is up with that?!
Turnout the next am just after sunrise..those two take off galloping down to their large pasture
Evening, galloping up
"YAyyy Grainie grainz time!"
 Mason my am pup
 Mason my pm pup
Early daylight...
 Sleepy am pony
 Turned out
 Rainy faces waiting to come up for dinner
 Am turnout
 AM Doe peeing...who ever sees that?! I guess we do...???
 PM grazing along the fence line
 My last day of feeding, I also had my trimmer coming, so I had a few hours to kill
I chose to make it a special day, and took Mason to Kensington for a swim play date
 He was SO excited..I need to do this again!
 Made quick friends with a boy scouts troop on a lunch break. They fed him turkey jerky, just look at that otter tail in side/side swing action
 Back at the barn, drying off holding his toy
 Happy boy

I can't believe I've had this face chosen as my baby since he was two weeks old...
He's pretty much the greatest chocolate lab on earth
 The two Princes who chose to nap in their open, shaded stalls while the farrier came
Laz got re casted (double casted actually, we wrapped his equicast on his hoof, and then used my cheap Korean cast on outside to hopefully keep on for longer than 2 weeks) He's been moving SO beautifully again. 
When we were done, Laz galloped the fastest I've ever seen down to his pasture along with a squeal, feeling great. 
I look forward to our next ride