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.

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.

Welcome Billy

How lovely it was to be back to the regular routine around the stable this afternoon. Mara and her pals were outside in their paddock when I arrived. All the horses were out and appeared calm, content and happy to be enjoying this first day of February.

From laying down in her stall, Mara does have a need for daily grooming, and I worked hard on cleaning her up.

I was determined to ride today and we did. Plus we met and enjoyed new boarder Carley and her horse Billy. Chatting with them was so pleasant that it nicely extended our ride time. Thus Mara B and I ended up with an excellent Friday afternoon together. Welcome to the barn Carley and Billy!

I’m hoping to be back to more consistent riding in the days ahead. Hello February ’19.

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.”

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.