Negatives and Positives 

Negative temperatures (minus 7) and positive improvement on Mara’s hoof abscess treatment today! Jay assisted with the new sugardine wrap, Mara is a perfect partner for the procedure and we all stayed warm enough because the stall horses were kept in the barn due to the extreme cold.


Mara has been able to now move on from the medicated poultice pad to the sugardine treatment for her hoof abscess. The sugardine is Betadine mixed with sugar to the consistency of peanut butter, packed on the hoof and secured with a baby diaper, vet wrap and duct tape. She has made wonderful progress, thank goodness. We visited the pasture horses on the way back to her paddock, and she enjoyed saying hi to Jack.

Moving in the Indoor 

More icicles on Mara today, but she is walking well and even got out of the paddock. She was able to have free excerice time in the indoor arena, a nice change up. Temperatures remain very cold, the sky was white gray but the winds calm, so our time together was peaceful and pleasant.

Icicles on Eyelashes

It was below zero for my Mara Moment today. Mara is walking so much better and has another fresh poltice pad now reinforced with duck tape (thanks Hannah.) Both her eyelashes and chin whiskers had icicles! However her heart and thick coat were warm in the bright sunshine. A quiet, cold and abbreviated visit for us.

Long Trail

Mara B was watching for me and I was on the long trail home from Texas today. Photos show exhibits from the Witte Museum in San Antonio. Helen C. Kleberg is riding in the vacquero tradition as practiced at the King Ranch in Texas in the 1900s. Hannah tells me Mara and the horses at River Brink are doing well despite the very cold temps.

Christmas 🎄 

May peace be your gift this Christmas and your blessing in the New Year, plus some more “horse fun”  * 💛 from Mara Moments

* just like special follower Louisa

Holiday Horses

While Mara B continues to heal from her hoof abscess, I enjoyed seeing horses of different colors and cultures today. We send you a little horse love & wish you peace, calm and joy this Christmas.

Mara’s Recheck

Brian and Hannah rechecked Mara’s progress and determined that there was still an infection in the hoof  however the healing is progressing nicely. Another medicated poultice was applied for an additional day or two before starting the sugardine treatment. (Photos are from the archives.) And I was able to meet Lucy at the Alamo for my horse fix today.

Winter Solitude 

Mara B and I wish you Peace and solitude on the Winter Solstice. It was another rest and healing day for Mara. We’re looking forward to more light coming our way each day now.

Good Progress 

Mara is moving well today, she even came out of the paddock. I replaced the poultice pad, she did not need Bute and her next check is Friday with the farrier. Relief for sure, hopefully Friday we move on to the next phase of treatment called sugardine.