The ground is also mushy, soft, muddy and spongy! Please notice the side of Mara’s face, she is simply dirty from winter crud and stall crud. Today the spring mud found us.
Mara B and I saw the signs of mud season everywhere.
We had a lovely walk out around the neighborhood for a new view and looked for all things green.
Welcome to the spring equinox.
Mara B and I wanted to ride to the Meyer Farm this afternoon so we left Bo behind in a stall. We really enjoy having him ride along when he does join us, however the Meyers do not want dog visits, so Bo stayed home. It’s been months since we’ve been to the Meyer Farm and it was fun to return today.
We met up with serious ice before getting to the field service road, and I didn’t want to dismount or walk Mara over it, so we just greeted the cows turned around and headed to Sam’s.
The conditions were wonderful, I’m even back to wearing actual riding boots not winter boots and a down vest not a jacket!
Mara B was great and it’s energizing for us to be less contained. Spring felt marvelous this March day. Now we’ll end with the latest note on the barn message board, I chuckled when I read it.
Mara B and I had a great afternoon with Jay today! Riding down the road to Sam’s was a treat. Jay groomed Mara plus hiked along with us as photographer. Enjoy his photos and our spring views.
The afternoon sunshine, mild temperatures and no wind was delightful.
Mara, Jay and I believe spring has arrived.
“May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, may good luck pursue you each morning and night.” Spring brings us hope, happy Saint Patrick’s Day to all our lovely followers. 🍀
Today I decided it’s time to trim off the winter shag, called feathering on Mara’s fetlocks. Our ice is turning to mud and slush and the cold temperatures are hopefully behind us, this will be a wonderful springtime rite of passage for us.
Our afternoon together included the regular line up for Mara to have some hay, grooming and moving.
We also observed more geese plus the open water in the back field.
March winds kept us close to home.
Mara B was one wet girl when I brought her in this afternoon.
Even my drive to the barn showed signs of all the rain and fog enveloping us today.
Mara nibbled and I used the shedding blade to groom her.
The last two days I have hand walked Mara down the road for a new view and to check the road conditions. It’s been refreshing and we are seeing geese have returned and are in the soaked fields.
We did have ride time in the indoor arena before Mara had to go back out into the rain. Sunshine will be welcome when we see it next.
Today Cindy suggested I hold on to Mara’s mane as I walked her over the ice, since she provides four foot traction in case I slip. Great idea and it worked! I held on to Mara’s tail for the same reason as I groomed her while she ate and we enjoyed connecting.
Gretchen, an early blog follower and strong supporter is currently recovering from a fall and it’s made me nervous. (many of us have dealt with ice and slips and falls this winter.) So I’m sending out a caution to readers, let’s be careful plus sending my best wishes to GSC on a speedy recovery. We’re ready for the rain to wash away the ice…. and to be comfortable riding out on the roads again soon. As Carley and Katie did today!
It’ll be great to ride along in the days ahead.
Mara B and I generally like the volume low and we appreciate the sounds of silence when we are out in nature. Today we rode in the arena due to icy footing and listened to ice dripping and ice sliding off the roof. We had the garage door open for some light. Mara wanted to trot and move which felt good to both of us.
Sunday Jay visited and we faced ice and windy conditions.
Today writing about soundscapes made me want to share a book title with you, if you feel you may appreciate the quiet lane too, I think you’ll value my new favorite book.
I think Mara would be a fan of “Silence: In the Age of Noise” too.
Mara B met up with Brian her farrier this morning, Mara was in the lineup after neighbor Julie’s four horses. The interesting part of this story is that Julie lives about 1/2 mile from River Brink and she hand walked her four horses and two dogs to the stable for the appointment. So while Brian trimmed up Mara I caught a few photos of Julie’s exit. (notice how big baby Cha-Ching is.)
It’s fun to observe a competent horsewoman in action. Mara and I also headed out through the snow once again and had a very pleasant ride.
Mara B marches right through the deep snow providing me with a lovely excursion!
Mara B and I had another ride out in the endless snowy expanse this afternoon. However, Sam rode off on his snowmobile as we rode out. We do not have experience with actual moving snowmobiles, only stationary ones. Mara had a keen sense it was there, so being able to clearly see it coming and going was helpful and she handled it well. (We were also in extremely deep snow with no place to go!) It was a new adventure for us.
Sam went up to the cow pasture as well out back along the trail. Here are his tracks we saw riding back in. The snowmobile was also parked by the time we returned.
We continued along then with a loop around the front paddocks and said hello to Gus and Rosie too.
Deep snow, sunshine and snowmobile action for Mara B and me today.
Mara B and I rode in the snowy back field this afternoon and Bo joined along. However with the significant snow depths Bo let Mara blaze the trail and mostly followed in her tracks, which is not his usual routine!
We went slowly, took some rests and savored the dazzling snow and silent surroundings. Mara even felt a touch warm when I dismounted. It was refreshing to be outside on the edge of the woods and moving through such deep snow!