Bruce, Chip & Bella

It was indoor play time for us today. Mara B and I joined Emma training Bruce, Nick riding Chip and Jennifer exercising Bella in the arena this afternoon.

I attempted to hand walk Mara over to the back field and to the side hay field wanting to end the year with a ride outside, but ice cover sent us back inside. I was grateful for the indoor arena today.

We trotted circles, chatted with the other horse people and ended 2018 with a good arena ride. Wishing you a wonderful ride in 2019, we value and appreciate your support and companionship. Happy Trails, 💛Helen

Crisp & Creamy Light

The sun was low in the sky and really beautiful when we arrived to see Mara B this afternoon. Jay said it looked like “creamy light.” It is still very icy and very crisp but we had a nice warm visit with Ms Mara. She was delighted to see Jay.

We all appreciated that the ice had been covered with sand for better footing leading into the arena.

First thing we did was to let Mara move about in the indoor arena. Her game is to head straight for the camera person! Although she doesn’t intimidate us she does come within an inch or so.

After grooming her and giving her a bit of hay we returned her to her paddock and loved the warm glow of the setting sun.

May you also enjoy a warm glow as we end 2018.

Gifts & Hot Water

It was so nice to visit Mara B yesterday, however she was soaked from all the cold freezing rain.

Today I needed to pour hot water over the gate latch because it was frozen and I couldn’t open the snap to take Mara out of her paddock!

Ice has now unfortunately covered everything.

We used the same warm water trick when I returned her to the paddock after our visit this afternoon.

Mara B was delighted to come in for some tasty hay and grooming and she had free arena time to dash about. I also told her about some Christmas gifts I received! Maura G had beautifully cleaned and conditioned our saddle, bridle and my riding boots while I was gone! How sweet was that.

And Jay gave me a selfie stick, oh my, I’m not into selfies, but his idea is for me to try it for some new picture angles for the blog! Stay tuned, we’ll see if it works. And oh, please pass on any of your own ideas to me for ways to improve Mara Moments. I value and appreciate any and all input that’s offered.

Mara B actually did not feel like going back out when I was returning her to the paddock after our visit, she stopped and hesitated at the back door. That’s unusual for her but it felt sort of sweet to me, like she wasn’t ready for our time together to end.

The true inner thoughts of a horse gal who loves her horse.

Hoot n Happenings

Hopefully Mara B is looking for me, I’m looking forward to seeing her again soon. Maura G has been taking great care of her while I’m away and has told us that Mara has been superb.

I had some time with Hoot, a Great Gray Owl and a star in the Harry Potter movies. He played Errol in all the movies. A special experience for me.

Following are a few more happenings from our time “away” out west to share with you.

Wishing you peace and calm today.

Solstice

Mara B is home for the Winter Solstice.

We are “away” for the Solstice embracing its promise of coming light. The ritual of the Christmas holiday “away” helps our family make space for the grief of missing Benjamin. The early years after Benjamin’s death when I felt like I could not keep my head above water it was a relief to get away. Now, eight years later maybe it’s our new normal?

(quote by: Andrea Gibson)

Now I know that when we make space for grief, we open our hearts to healing, and I want to share the importance of that. We all miss someone, a grandparent, a parent, a child, a sibling, a spouse, or partner, a friend, or a pet. Today our family is “away” together remembering Benjamin, and honoring nature’s pause in a quiet way.

Mara B and I wish all of our followers a peaceful Christmas/Holiday season.

May we each move towards what lights up our heart. 💛 Helen

Meyer Farm Road

Wanting to head a different direction and looking for a ‘soft’ surface to travel, Mara and I rode through the Meyer Farm this afternoon. The day was gray, still and quiet and we observed stark silhouettes in all directions.

The cows were friendly but the road really soupy, so we returned home and continued around a field with Bo joining us. It’s fun to have Bo darting in and out and racing around, Mara handles all the action very well.

For the middle of December Mara B and I had another very good winter ride.

Some Wind & December Pumpkins

Mara felt great today, there was some wind but mild temps so off we went on a power walk to Sam’s. Mara really enjoyed stretching her legs.

Retuning to the barn then we rode the back field, our go to spot lately where we’ve been watching the composting pumpkins disappear more and more each day.

Mara had a farrier appointment with Brian to wrap up our afternoon, we had a nice human/horse day together.

Reindeer Chat

Mara B and I chatted about Santa’s reindeer with Landon and Lorrie today. Landon also treated Mara to a nibble of hay and some sweet pats!

No ride time today though because when I lunged Mara I saw her limping at the trot. Darn, we rode out yesterday with no issues so I’m not certain what happened. I gave her some Bute, a snack and a clean up then just hand walked her down the driveway. She is favoring her front left leg and it seems like a shoulder strain to me. So Mara rested and I hand walked a friends horse who is in on stall rest.

Time with these two was pleasant even without saddling up Mara and riding out.

Cherry Picker & Superb Jaunt

It was lovely to reconnect with Mara B this afternoon! We had an adventurous arena experience right away. A cherry picker truck was in there and Dan was installing new LED lightbulbs. I’m thrilled because it was distracting when the lights were on because of the loud buzzing sound they made. The horses had a fun time watching the action.

And what a superb Saturday for a jaunt with Jennifer and Bella. We had excellent winter riding conditions and enjoyed the winter beauty.

An excellent horse/pals/barn day.

Wondering

I’m missing Mara B and our connection time together, so I’m wondering if she may be missing me?

I’m wondering about things while I walk the beach and see new sights.

I wondered what this group out on the beach was doing, so I asked and learned that they were having a swim team practice. I also took a different seat (rather than my saddle) and wondered how far across to Mexico?

The beach has been a good location for wondering, to be curious and to marvel at the beauty of the ocean. I’m missing Mara but also trying out the concept of looking with an ‘appreciative eye’ here as I try to do when Mara B and I are out riding and looking for photos to share and to post for you. I do know I love the winter beach, it’s quiet, peaceful, has muted soft colors and offers a special solitude.