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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...

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Turning my brain on...

This winter my brain has felt like putty, in terms of horse things.
It's been COLD and windy and blah.
This weekend, when I went to play with Laz, this was our footing...
Up to his knee crusty ice capped snow. 
No thanks, I'm not going to ask my horse to trot or move in this crap just so he can hurt himself.
Yet, I want to play...!!! 
Allow me to back up, a few weeks ago a local Parelli trainer, Courtney offered this online class for whomever to join to work on collaborating as a group for moral support, while we learn, challenge ourselves as riders/horse people. For $50 you get a year of follow up, encouragement and advice. 
So, clearly we signed up! I needed some mental change.
After this Saturday image, I cried out "HELP...I'm so bored and I can't do anything physically with my horse right now due to footing/weather"
She responded with some great 'games' to play with Laz that we can do even in the barn.

"How about playing porcupine game? There are so many things you can do in a little space- leading by the leg, backwards by the tail, lead by the ear or mane/forelock, etc. Plus just getting all the basics working off as light a phase 1 as possible (going backwards, yielding the forehand and hindend, etc.). Get really creative with your touch it patterns just at a walk- can you get him to touch really small objects up high and down low? How about getting him to put his butt on something or a hind foot. Here's a fun one- experiment with teaching him to hold his hoof aka stand on 3 legs for farrier prep, etc."

I was game for anything!
So today, we did some of them.
J9 had a good one too, see if I can ask Laz to back into his stall. This is great practice for trailer loading, etc I thought!
Laz was all "Why we is in hur?"
We played this game...I would ask "hoof" and when he picked it up I would treat reward him.
Oh, yes, he's food motivated. Like brain on, willing and smart!
Eventually, he would hold his leg up...
Cool..this will come in handy for my trimmer, that's for sure! And for me!
Who knows, maybe if he's ever tangled in something..I could use this?!
(god forbid!)
Fraggle Rock begging to learn more so he could get more treats (ie three..yes three, grain nib-lets--FATTY)
Here is me asking him to back up, into his open stall
This took him a few attempts. One hoof back and then a bit unsure...

To eventually, he backed in and out of his stall with no issue.
I need to take more time to go slow...I have the tendency to push for more more more more more!

"I strikez a poze for a cuuukie?"
At the end of our 30 minute play session, he was licking/chewing, head bobbing then sorting and processing all with his man hood out. All signs of learning. 
Boys learn that way, don't you know ;)
I have to say, it sounds so trivial but it was fun and Laz seemed to have used his brain which is great and I'm sure he's starving for some variety in his life as of late too

Now, for my hoof nerds, my hoof trimming mind was BLOWN with these videos... I felt like I was looking at Laz's hoof (only still alive thank god)

and then I just wanted to channel my inner Pudgie and do this to figure it all out via osmosis...
PS Daylight Savings is coming soooooon!!!

Thursday, February 20, 2014


My Parents have been traveling for the past several months (yes they should write a book on how to really live during retirement)
While in London, I got these fun photos
My Dad in a Polo store...

 On a hunt in Harrod's Equestrian Department (I droll at this Dept, it's the very best) looking for a rubber curry for Laz
 I want that coat!!
 Ahhh Dubarry...
Such fun..wish I was there!

Meanwhile, back in the Arctic Cirle of life.
Mason is a CHUNK right now as shown below in the " watch the brown flying pig in the snow" shot
 I drug my Husband out to the barn last Sunday. It was a great day. Fresh snow, bright sunshine and no wind.

 Pito was being an instigator and trying to pull silly stunts while Laz and I rode around
All was fine though
And a couple videos of our 'riding' in the up to Laz's knee snow

I left to go to the barn today and had to turn right around due to another terrible white out.
These are the days I so wish that I lived only 15 minutes from the barn.
Those of you that do, you are SO lucky!!!!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A quiet lead into February

Oh winter
It's beautiful no doubt. But it's also COLD and hard to maneuver through.
I wish everyday that I lived closer than 40-1 hour away from the barn, but I don't
In some terrible winter weather days, it's taken me an hour and a half only to get to the dirt roads that are impassable and I have to turn right around and go home.
I'm not about to walk 4 miles of snowy dirt roads with Mason just to pat Laz
Two weeks ago I was able to hop on again for a bareback ride.
The snow is SO deep that it's labor intensive for trotting not to mention some days there is an ice crust on the top
 Looking out on his summer pastures...soon Pony
A chill pony, I wonder if he's bored too.
I long for a trail ride
 Snow shadow
 Pito even joined us for our pasture walk around...

My visit before my quick vacation (yes I escaped for a 4 night girls trip in Naples, FL)
Napping Pony in the sun
It's funny...after the 1st Polar Vortex I told myself I can NEVER worry about Laz in the cold again.
If he did so well through that hell, he's fine for winter.
Here it was 17 and he's already starting to shed. He's always soooo warm and always has hay/shelter so he's a winter babe for sure

Half napping, half wanting to play with Mason
 Mason just wants me to play with him...Laz tries to sneak a sniff in
 Half mast eyes
 White covered chocolate
 The barn's driveway is so narrow and deep in the snow trench it's tough to even drive through
Is it going to be a muddy like crazy Spring??
A fun video the BO sent me while I was laying out on a beach sucking down a Miami Vice
Yes...NO GUILT :)