Hello Melodee Hello Lindy

Lovely Melodee stopped to greet Mara and me this morning as she drove by. Mara B was delighted to greet Melodee and stuck her head right into the truck and then proceeded to lick the mirror. You had to be there, but it was quite entertaining! Then to allow Mara a rest day, I gave her some Bute and took her on a good walk with our pup Lindy B. It was very fun and I will definitely take them both out walking again.

Pulling the Sled

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.

Monday Melting

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.

Saturday Visit

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.

Pristine New Snow

Mara B was resting with Rosie when I arrived and her coat was a bit icy stiff from the fresh snow fall. After grooming and saddling her up I let her burn off energy in the indoor arena, and she enjoyed the freedom and space to dash about. We then headed out for a walk around the stable grounds and made our way through beautiful deep pristine new snow! We even had peaks of sunshine to reflect the very bright white snow, it was dazzling.

Girls & Boys

River Brink is predominantly a female stable, so it was an unusual visit today to have Larry, Brian and Greg as our only Barn companions! I don’t ever recall that happening before. Brutus was playing his in and out the door game and Mara B and Rosie seem to be on the same ‘girls’ team in their paddock now. Our ride time was in the indoor arena again due to the ice. Overall, boys and girls had a pleasant afternoon together.

Crunchy/Slippery

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.

Thawing Out

Mara and her paddock pals had frozen manes and tails this morning after yesterday’s freezing rain. So Mara B was delighted to come into the Barn with me for food, grooming and connection time and I was pleased to get back in the saddle. A cold icy day with warm bonding time for us.

Ice Bound

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.

Endurance Ride

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!