Squishy

The ground is also mushy, soft, muddy and spongy! Please notice the side of Mara’s face, she is simply dirty from winter crud and stall crud. Today the spring mud found us.

Mara B and I saw the signs of mud season everywhere.

We had a lovely walk out around the neighborhood for a new view and looked for all things green.

Welcome to the spring equinox.

Bo Stayed In

Mara B and I wanted to ride to the Meyer Farm this afternoon so we left Bo behind in a stall. We really enjoy having him ride along when he does join us, however the Meyers do not want dog visits, so Bo stayed home. It’s been months since we’ve been to the Meyer Farm and it was fun to return today.

We met up with serious ice before getting to the field service road, and I didn’t want to dismount or walk Mara over it, so we just greeted the cows turned around and headed to Sam’s.

The conditions were wonderful, I’m even back to wearing actual riding boots not winter boots and a down vest not a jacket!

Mara B was great and it’s energizing for us to be less contained. Spring felt marvelous this March day. Now we’ll end with the latest note on the barn message board, I chuckled when I read it.

Winter Shag

Today I decided it’s time to trim off the winter shag, called feathering on Mara’s fetlocks. Our ice is turning to mud and slush and the cold temperatures are hopefully behind us, this will be a wonderful springtime rite of passage for us.

Our afternoon together included the regular line up for Mara to have some hay, grooming and moving.

We also observed more geese plus the open water in the back field.

March winds kept us close to home.

Fog & High Water

Mara B was one wet girl when I brought her in this afternoon.

Even my drive to the barn showed signs of all the rain and fog enveloping us today.

Mara nibbled and I used the shedding blade to groom her.

The last two days I have hand walked Mara down the road for a new view and to check the road conditions. It’s been refreshing and we are seeing geese have returned and are in the soaked fields.

We did have ride time in the indoor arena before Mara had to go back out into the rain. Sunshine will be welcome when we see it next.

Julie’s Four

Mara B met up with Brian her farrier this morning, Mara was in the lineup after neighbor Julie’s four horses. The interesting part of this story is that Julie lives about 1/2 mile from River Brink and she hand walked her four horses and two dogs to the stable for the appointment. So while Brian trimmed up Mara I caught a few photos of Julie’s exit. (notice how big baby Cha-Ching is.)

It’s fun to observe a competent horsewoman in action. Mara and I also headed out through the snow once again and had a very pleasant ride.

Mara B marches right through the deep snow providing me with a lovely excursion!

Food & Water

When I pulled into the stable a hay delivery was waiting to be distributed to the paddocks. This provides a great view of the amount of food necessary to feed the horses at River Brink on a continuous basis.

Mara B and I had grooming and snack time out back and really enjoyed the gorgeous sky.

However it was my observation of the water trough antics when I returned Mara to her paddock that was most notable this afternoon. I have seen this behavior between these two before, but I’m not certain what the issues are?

The sun was back out from behind the clouds and all was calm and peaceful when I departed.

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.

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.