Circled the Wagons

Mara and I spent most of our connection time together in the indoor arena to stay out of the afternoon mist. Wagons of new bales of hay were also staying dry in the indoor arena again today. The fresh aroma was wonderful!

We did saddle up and ride circles in and out of the wagons as a little fun activity. Even played a little squeeze game.

Plus Mara B posed for a few photos next to the rustic wood siding of one of the hay wagons, that I liked.

So for an indoor day with ground work, ride time, grooming and Mara munching we had a change of pace day that was slow moving and enjoyable.

Question

My visit with Mara this morning was to have time together before the rain arrived.

She came over to greet me! Then we had grooming and round pen exercise time.

When we saddled up, Mara “communicated” discomfort…. I am sensing that she’s still “off.” So we did not ride and plan to have a Vet check to figure things out.

Day of R&R

Mara B was quite damp and muddy after showers last night so we had a very good grooming session today. She’s still on pain meds and we are not riding.

We appreciated Brutus staying close while he also enjoyed his own R&R break.

All is going smoothly and in the right direction as Mara continues to recover.

Snowfree Indoor

Looks like Christmas around the stable as you can see from today’s photos! When I arrived Mara and Rosie were cozy outside their shelter, they are true best buddies these days and are often enjoying each other’s companionship. Mara and I spent some snowfree time in the indoor arena for bonding, grooming, free exercise and lunging. A highlight of today’s visit was tiding up the barns lost and found area with a couple of pals! That at least felt spring like.

Boot Change

Time to change my boots! So today I switched from wearing winter boots to muck boots. Mara B and two of her pals were relaxing together when I arrived early this morning to beat a predicted late spring snow storm. Mara and I just had grooming and ground games in the indoor arena together and took the day “off” as a snow day! On our way back to her paddock we saw the pasture horses in their upper pasture hunkered down for the weather that’s supposedly on it’s way. Hopefully Mara B can hang on to her place in the shelter tonight.

Cats and Cow Pasture

Mara and I enjoy the three Barn cats and they all joined us again for our grooming and food time this morning. After cleaning Mara as best I could, we then headed to the Cow Pasture and rode along the fence line and hiked up and down some gentle slopes and inclines for Mara’s benefit!

Wind/Energy/Farrier

Lots of energy around the stable today! The wind was blowing and many horses were very energetic in their paddocks. Mara and I headed up the cow pasture hill and she gave me a big spin around, I decided to get off and to hand walk her past the “issue.” I did remount and rode back with no further problem, but I feel the day, the weather, the energy field simply had the horses “up.” We also had a farrier appointment and then when I was grooming Mara at the end of our time together, a horse got loose and ran out of its paddock gate when another horse was being taken out. I was able to grab the loose gal and quickly returned her to her paddock. Looking for a calmer day tomorrow and returning to our usually peaceful pace.

Geese along the Way

After putting some elbow grease to Mara, I was able to get the mud off and return her to a dusty gray color. We then headed down the road for a very nice walk to Sam’s, I love this stand of White Pines, that you see before the darling farmstead. Geese in the fields on both sides of the road were waddling around, honking and a few flew over head, not a distraction, simply a strong presence for us today. Mara and I dedicated today’s ride to Frankie and in honor of World Down Syndrome Day.

March Messes

Mara was a mess! And a conscientious boarder also addressed the messes in the stable with this message on the chalk board today! March has simply brought us mud, dirt and messes now. I did not even attempt to groom Mara because she was wet/damp and there was not much I was going to accomplish. We had connection time over her food and good conversation with Barn pals. Remember, Mara B is a real horse, she lives outside and she loves to roll.

A Special Groom

Lucky for me, Landon helped with grooming Mara B today! Mara was filthy, with hard caked on mud covering every inch of her body, but along came Laurie and her grandson Landon. Mara liked meeting Landon and loved his clean up help. Today much of my visit involved removing hardened on mud and dusting Mara off. We then saddled up and had some relaxing arena ride time too.