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.”

Fancy Lookalikes

Mara was pleased to see Jay this afternoon.

Then we met up with Suzy Q, Mara’s fancy Paint lookalike in the indoor arena. Greg and Suzy Q were very pleasant, however Mara did not win Miss Congeniality.

Mara did however enjoy her Saturday grooming, nibble and warmup time with us and we did enjoy her. Because we love her so.

Cat/Cleanup/Compliant

Today when I went to bring Mara B in, JAC (aka: Socks) marched right out to her paddock with me! It’s always a fun treat to have that extra special companionship at the barn.

While Mara nibbled on hay I spent a good deal of time really cleaning her up, and she needed it.

I wanted to let her have free ‘run around’ time in the indoor arena, however I was not able to pull the side door down. Instead I set up a little barrier, and she was very compliant and respectful of it. So Mara did get to dash about and expend her energy while I enjoyed seeing how she respected the blockade!

I had some pleasant human horse/cat/dog interactions this Monday afternoon.

November Pumpkins

Mariela repeated driving rather than riding today. Plus she groomed Mara B, braided her forlock and mane, and was our photographer again!

We had our photo taken with farm equipment outback for a few ‘creative’ shots, that I post on Instagram @mara.equine.moments

On today’s ride Mara and I observed ‘November pumpkins’ and the wide open landscape.

Mariela, Mara and I got in one more barn adventure together.

Sunday/Harvest

Jay and I had a fun visit with Mara B this afternoon. First on the agenda was to let her dash about in the outdoor arena!

Jay then provided her with his special comfort and grooming routine.

We liked playing with Fergi and Liz’s new indoor arena toy, and we observed the harvest work in the nearby fields.

A delightful fall Sunday for us enjoying Mara B and the barn.

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.

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.