Boots, Shoes & a Chair

Mara B was reshod this morning and once again needed a little sedation. Brian her farrier is great and all went smoothly.

I sat in the chair next to her while she ‘woke up’ which took about two hours and cleaned my riding boots.

While Brutus cleaned up the hoof trimmings.

A day of no riding but lots of Barn time and bonding time with Mara B.

Becky Baby Bambi

Special Mara Moments supporter Becky (my sister in law) stopped by with Jane ( my older sister & also special!) to visit Mara B this morning. Becky first met Mara when we picked her up and brought her home close to four years ago. It was wonderful to have them both stop by again today.

Then off we rode on an excellent outing with Kim/Rio and Jennifer/Bella. First stop was to see Barbie and Baby, which is always a treat.

We found Bambi later on the trail and I was able to get this photo because she would not move, guessing there was a fawn there too.

A lovely June trail ride.

Stop the Stoppin

More special care for Mara B today! To reduce the hives, she is on a powder Benadryl type medication for a few days. I give it to her mixed with applesauce via syringe right down her throat, since she would not eat it on grain.

Mara had outdoor arena exercise time and she liked saying hi to her former paddock mates. Looking closely you can still see a few raised hives on her rump.

But it’s the biting flies and insects we hope to reduce or eliminate now with the fly boots she is wearing. We want to limit her stomping to keep flies away, because stomping at flies damages horses hooves, and with horses wearing shoes it’s a more common practice for them to wear fly boots. Hopefully they will be comfortable as well as beneficial and she’ll keep them on.

Vet Visit

Before Mara’s vet visit this morning, Jennifer and Bella rode out with us to enjoy the morning.

One of the pasture horses seen in the photo above, walked the fence line with us on our way back, keeping Mara rather curious. We also met up with Alanna and Allegro.

Doc Ed was a bigger part of our morning though. It’s been determined that Mara has a low thyroid, so she’s been on medication for that and we are trying to figure out what level of medication she needs for it. Today was a second blood test to find that out. We also addressed her hives and the allergic reaction she had on the trail last Friday. She is now being treated for that too. Plus Ed did a chiropractic elevation on her to see what areas she needs tweaked. We sure want her to be as healthy and happy as possible! She’s so good about it all, I feel she ‘knows’ we are helping her.

Muggy Monday

I like to give Mara free time in the round pen to freely move out and expend pent up energy, that’s what we did first again today.

Then while saddling up to ride out Cindy snapped this photo showing how I have Mara ‘hold’ my chaps (thanks Cindy!) An example of how I try to have Mara calmly accept novel stimuli each day as a way to continuously build our bond of trust and her experiences.

Our ride then was walking to Sam’s and back, Mara moved out at an extended walk to really stretch her legs, it felt great.

We also found these dainty white flowers.

Damp Pre Race Visit

Jay and I visited Mara this damp drizzly afternoon and found her in the shelter out of the rain resting with Holly and Spice.

Jay had his Mara B time, we took her in for a short sweet snack visit, and light grooming.

Now it’s on to The Belmont Stakes and hopefully watching Justify make Triple Crown History!

Gate Practice

Mara and I had a little change up in routine today. First she practiced being tied in the indoor and waiting patiently for me, which she did very well. Then she had free running around time in the outdoor arena and enjoyed kicking up her heels.

Our ride kept us close to home, but it was pleasant to see the fields waving in the breeze as we walked past. Next we had outdoor arena riding, with lots of trotting and practice with opening and closing the gate. I wanted her to side pass next to the gate so I could move it, but Mara B wanted to do it herself her way! And she was great at opening the gate in both directions.

I guess we get to do things our own way, when it works just fine either way!

Magical & Miserable

Mara B and I had an exceptional trail ride today. Off we headed with Char and SeaB and Jackie and Honey to cross the river and ride an enchanting and magical river trail.

On the way to the river we caught Julie out with Barbie and still unnamed Baby, we all chatted and commented on how much he’s growing.

We then continued along the edge of the field and rode ‘down’ to cross the river and find our loop.

I love this area, it’s heavily wooded, a narrow trail and magical. We delighted to see the ferns and wildflowers along the way. We do have to dismount to clean poop off the trail, (thank you Jackie) I had to dismount and get Mara to jump over a log that she refused three times. This is real trail riding.

And then Mara and I found the miserable when we got into a stretch of tall weeds that she clearly reacted to. Mara became hypersensitive and overreacted and just tried to get out of there. An ugly kind of ride, so I got off her and walked, tripped and swore for 10 minuets or so leading her to finally get “out of it.” The poor thing, she rode home great after we crossed the river to head back to the barn. I have already spoken to her Vet, this will need to be treated and managed for her. I am a highly sensitive person (look up HSP) and I know that Mara B is also highly sensitive, I understand her. My riding partners Jackie and Char were fabulous and supportive friends throughout, thank you.

Peonies & Racoon

Mara B and I had a beautiful walk along the back trail this afternoon. The leaves are so huge, the hay field has not yet been cut and we checked the height of the corn.

We thought the peonies were a highlight of the ride, however on the way back we had our first ever Raccoon sighting. The raccoon came out of the cornfield, ran up the trail in front of us before crossing into the woods! (sorry it was so fast there are no photos you need to use your imagination.)

Returning to the Barn, Mara nibbled on some hay and I relaxed on “the bench” with JAC (aka Socks.)

Some sweet summer.

Out with Devine

Lorrie and Devine rode down past Sam’s with Char, SeaB, Mara and me this afternoon. We all loved smelling the fresh cut alfalfa we rode past, and we even watched Sam out in the field turning it to dry it.

Char and I then took our horses up to the top of the cow pasture where we saw a few deer, very tall grass and huge thistle. Mara and I agreed today’s outing and the aromatherapy was ‘divine.’

All so very fresh and green.