Flower Time

Sunday afternoon Jay and I decided it was time to daydream about flowers. Mara B seemed to be in agreement.

We had arena time, grooming and it’s now obvious that Mara is shedding.

Sunday afternoon the pasture horses were running and playing! And we loved watching the action when we returned Mara to her paddock.

No photos of Jay darn, because he was our photographer. Today’s (Monday) visit with Mara was quiet, low key and mellow, with cold temperatures again restricting our activities.

it’s a small snowy world

March first and more snow falling! When I arrived for my afternoon visit with Mara B she was covered in snow and seemed to be waiting at the gate for me. (or so I imagined.)

We started with run around time in the indoor arena for exercise and to lose the snow off of her back.

We stopped to see the goats and Bella on our way in for hay and grooming.

The barn was very quiet with just the cats and a few horses in stalls. As I groomed Mara I realized I feel contained and confined by the ice, deep snow and cold temperatures. Preferring outside riding to indoor horse time I’m dealing with a taste of ‘cabin fever’ of sorts.

Our visit was not only snowy but also peaceful, quiet and calm and that was uplifting. Hello to March.

Mara Boo

Gabe joined me this afternoon for some barn time and he gave Mara B the new nickname of Mara Boo! While Gabe climbed snow piles, and I brushed her, Mara ate hay and enjoyed our attention.

Gabe really really enjoyed Socks and Bo though more than any horse.

It’s been unique to slow my pace way way down and to see the barn through a little boys view. The barn, that magical place for all ages to take pleasure in.

J&J @ the Snow pile

Mara B and I met up with Jackie and Leo and Jennifer and Bella at the snow pile behind the indoor arena this afternoon. Trust me we have more snow than we need around River Brink these days.

The winter conditions have been rather challenging but are not keeping us from our wonderful horses! Jackie, thank you for being the photographer for us today.

Mara B and I are looking forward to some March melting.

Barn Visit

Gabe and I ventured out this snowy afternoon to visit Mara B, Bella, Socks the cat, and the baby goats. Plenty of snow was falling and it was peaceful and pretty. First thing we noticed was Holly in the snow hollow, the effects of all the snow and wind we’ve had.

Mara enjoyed a nibble plus Gabe’s attention and antics.

We did visit Bella and the baby goats when we went in the barn, but never saw Socks. (Why? Where was he? why?) Lots of playful energy and activities for a snowy afternoon.

Gabe and the Sled

What’s more fun than a four year old boy! Mara B and I had a wonderful visit with Kathryn and Gabe this afternoon.

The cats, goats and horses were all fun, but the sled ride behind Mara B was a blast. The paddock horses were very curious!

We all had a fun afternoon adventure together. Thanks for the photos Kathryn.And Gabe gets to stay for the week!

Snowy Fence Line

Another pleasant afternoon out with Mara B, today we rode the snowy fence line between the back field and cow pasture. We had the ideal conditions of mild temperatures and no wind. Bo did not run along so there was a stillness to our ride as well.

Snow stuck to Mara’s legs which shows the depth of snow we walked through.

Mara B had clean legs, pristine hoofs and a delighted rider when we returned to the barn.

Following Footsteps

Mara and I rode in the back field following in the footsteps that Melodee and Rachel had blazed on their horses earlier in the afternoon. With ten inches of fresh snow yesterday, no previous trails were visible! The ride was magical with the reflection of bright sun on the deep glistening fresh snow. Bo joined us which added to the fun.

Their creative patterns and paths were delightful to observe and follow. Jennifer even caught us returning to the barn.

What a treat to ride through the fresh snow and winter wonderland on horseback.

Snow, Snack & Chat

Mara B and I enjoyed deep snow, brilliant sunshine and chatting with friends this afternoon. I groomed Mara while she snacked and I even attempted to give her a bit of a snow bath. She is shedding so I was covered in white hair.

We played in the deep snow and basked in the sun light.

I also had a fun surprise from Jennifer who had found ‘Mara Mugs’ on her recent trip and was so dear to get a pair of them for Jay and me! Special, sweet and appreciated.

Mara, Jay and I are blessed with our wonderful Barn pals, who enrich our days.

Sled & Glove

Mara B and I had a wonderful solo snow ride together this afternoon. First though I reintroduced her to the snow sled and we had practice time pulling and playing with it.

Then we headed to the side hay field for a new view. I hand walk Mara over there to avoid ice. Then I use a ‘snow drift’ to stand on to mount or in simple terms to get on her!

Bo joined us and we walked on the snowmobile trails.

We also rode in the back hay field where I then dropped my glove! (Taking the photos for the post!)

Just to let you know I had to dismount, and remount directly from the ground (no snow drift was available.) Well, I was proud of myself because even with my snow pants on and chaps over the snow pants plus my big snow boots on I made it up first try! Truly, you simply have to believe me, and know that feat made my day. With no wind, the sun higher in the sky and the rays stronger Mara B and I had a delightful afternoon together.