For a fun change of pace this afternoon I had Mara pull a sled on our ride out. Mara B is very calm about it, the horses we passed along the way however, were very curious about what was going on! The snow was really deep, the temperatures very mild! But Mara was stiff in her right front leg (at a trot) for the second day in a row, so I’m hoping tomorrow she’s not dealing with that issue again.
After a weekend of heavy snow, Monday provided warmer temps and melting. So Mara B and I walked along the road which was easier than through the deep snow this afternoon, plus it was a change of scenery. Mara was mellow, the sunshine felt warmish and ice free footing was a treat.
Lots of snow dominated today’s horse time! Mara B practiced being tied and waiting patiently for me before our arena ride. Then Jay and I walked her through some deep snow on the return to her paddock. Mara closed her eyes as you can see, she’s had plenty of snow now I guess and so have we.
Mara and I tried to ride out this afternoon but conditions forced us to spend the majority of our time together in the indoor arena. Despite sunshine and no wind the very crunchy deep snow and icy footing was not comfortable for us. We stayed close to the Barn area for a short attempt to ride “out” but then returned to the indoor to trot circles. We do want to ride safely.
So fun to meet up with Mara B yesterday! We all enjoyed saying hello to Julie’s adorable new pup too. However a winter weather advisory for very icy road conditions kept me from actually visiting Mara B today ☹️ Hopefully she found some space in the shelter to stay out of the wet wintry mix.
Mara is starting to watch for our return while Jay and I are on a long endurance ride back . Looking forward to our sweet reunion!