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.

Polar (vortex) & (pony) Pearl

Yes, it’s dangerously cold here today. Yes, I visited Mara B late this morning, the drive to the stable was fine, the car thermometer was negative 22.

The fabulous morning chore crew (Pat, Maddi and Mitch) were still working hard when I arrived. All chores were completed with horses in their stalls, keeping doors closed as much as possible no tractor in and out to haul the manure, it was all removed by carrying muck buckets to the door. No tractor was used to bring in the fresh stall bedding, it was hauled in with muscle. Thank you wonderful chore crew team! Mara B and her pal Spice had arena time, I had grooming/bonding time with Mara and she warmed up my heart.

But enough about the polar vortex and the ‘stay inside’ instructions. Please let me introduce you to a Mara Moments follower instead of continuing to discuss the weather. (I’m hoping it’s a little more fun) Here is faithful blog follower and special friend given by nature, my niece Laura. Laura was lucky to have backyard horses when she was growing up! Pony, Pearl was a real cutie and I remember Pearl too.

Yes, Laura trimmed Pearl’s forelock and mane, and you guessed it, her tail too! That’s what little girls do sometimes. Laura and her daughters no longer have a ‘real’ horse of their own, but they enjoy riding along with Mara B and me. Thanks for riding with us!

I hope you are tucked in, and in a warm place ☀️ spring arrives soon I’ve heard.

Staying In

Mara B and the stall horses stayed in all day today, due to extremely cold temperatures. Mara B. is a real outside kind of horse so this is no treat for her.

I let her have ‘free’ time in the indoor arena this morning and she was wild. Mara really needed to move.

The Icelandic horses also had arena ‘free’ time.

Very fun to watch our horses play indoors where it was warm and safe on a day the weather outside got the best of us. (just for documentation purposes, it is -15 as I post this and the polar vortex descends on the region tonight.)

Hardy horses, hardy women and special horse love on display today, and that warms us all up!

Gates are Open

As of midday today the paddock gates are open because the stall horses had been tucked back in to their stalls (they were outside all morning) to help keep the barn temperature above freezing for the next 24 hours.

Our weekend was cold but the arctic blast arrives tonight. Here are a few highlights from our weekend visits with Mara B. Jay had some good horse time both Saturday and Sunday!

I just sat around while Jay groomed and cleaned up Mara B.

Today when I arrived heaters had been on in the barn, Sandi was around and Mara B and I had a little free time together in the indoor arena

Leaving Mara B in her stall when I departed was an oddity for both of us. Everyone reading this post please stay warm and stay safe tonight whatever your weather. Luckily the horses at the barn all seemed to be handling this weather just fine.

Plenty of Hay & Lights On

Brrrr, frigid, or freezing however you say it, it’s cold. This afternoon it was around zero when I arrived and all the stable horses had plenty of hay to munch on which helps to keep them warm.

My three, four legged friends and I had arena play time together before I groomed and cleaned Mara.

Wanting to have a little ‘ride’ time I sat bareback on Mara B and that was good bonding, chatting time for us.

All of the lights on in the barn help some to keep the temps up, but you can see from this inside door that the bitter temperatures are tough to deal with.

Of course Mara B warmed my heart and she’s so hardy, that she didn’t complain at all about the cold today. It was a pleasant visit for me.

Hello Again & a Powerhorse

Wonderful to see Mara B this afternoon! I believe she was pleased to have me back too!she certainly was in need of some grooming and clean up.

First thing I let her do was to have her ‘powerhorse’ time moving freely in the indoor arena. She had a wonderful time racing around, bucking and releasing built up energy. Icy conditions are still with us, so we need the indoor arena for the horses to safely exercise.

We all need regular exercise no matter what the weather is!

According to a Yiddish Proverb: “The wagon rests in winter, the sleigh in summer, the horse never.”

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.

Following Two Tails

Mara and I rode out this afternoon with both Brutus and Bo in tow. Very fun to follow them and to watch them go in and out of the woods ahead of us.

When I was a young rider my favorite barn dog was named Jumbo and he rode miles with us. Today’s ride reminded me of Jumbo and the fun of trail riding with good dogs along.

Here’s the field side of Mara’s paddock, her horse friends were relaxing this afternoon when we returned home.

The last day of November provided us with a delightful ride.