R&R

Maddi tells me that Mara B is really shedding out at home. My day was for reading and relaxing, and I’m sharing my book titles with you.

Before and After

Mara had another frozen ice ball in her hoof this morning, and also had her farrier appointment today. The before photo shows the challenge for horses walking on a snow packed hoof. After her trim, her hooves were in much better shape. Mara and I both enjoyed Brian and Dillon, her friendly farriers and we rely on their talents for carrying for her feet.

Ice Balls


Continuing bitter cold has us dealing with ‘ice balls’ or ‘snow balls.’ Chunks of ice and snow accumulate on the bottom of Mara’s hooves and the build up creates the ice ball. So bringing her into the warm(ish) barn and using a hoof pick I carefully try to remove most of the packed snow and ice. Today Mara also met up with Spice in the indoor arena, however they were really mellow and didn’t play much. We’re all just looking for a warm up!

Sharing Super Experiences 


Mara stayed in Wisconsin today and we celebrated in St Paul and Minneapolis. Sharing a super long post today to highlight the wonderful people who are in town to celebrate a game. We saw the best of humanity and it was marvelous to ride along. We were all winners in Minnesota today. Photos from the St Paul Ice Palace where we volunteered with Little Free Library this week, Taste of the NFL breakfast this morning and Super Bowl events downtown Minneapolis this afternoon.

Day 19


Today was day nineteen and the conclusion for treating Mara’s hoof abscess. We determined that the healing has progressed nicely. So I jumped on bareback to walk around the indoor arena and Mara no longer has her hoof wrapped. I learned a great deal about treating an abscess and Mara was a wonderful patient throughout. Hopefully we won’t be repeating this adventure.

Sugardine 


Mara has been able to now move on from the medicated poultice pad to the sugardine treatment for her hoof abscess. The sugardine is Betadine mixed with sugar to the consistency of peanut butter, packed on the hoof and secured with a baby diaper, vet wrap and duct tape. She has made wonderful progress, thank goodness. We visited the pasture horses on the way back to her paddock, and she enjoyed saying hi to Jack.

Good Progress 


Mara is moving well today, she even came out of the paddock. I replaced the poultice pad, she did not need Bute and her next check is Friday with the farrier. Relief for sure, hopefully Friday we move on to the next phase of treatment called sugardine.

Chill Down


A late day visit and cold temperatures kept my Mara B time brief today. There was a lot of activity around the Barn despite the cold. Trucks being loaded with grain, both a Vet and a farrier there working with horses. Mara had a meal, a short grooming session and we called it a day.

New Shack


Mara and I enjoyed some sweet views on our ride today. The biggest change we observed was the new hunting shack in place, a clear signal that things are about to change. We also had a mission, to look for a missing pup. We whistled and called to her, and low and behold she did appear as we were returning to the barn, and made it safely back.

No Wind


A day with no wind is a great day for riding. So today Mara and I liked, the warm sun and no wind as we explored more areas of the cow pasture again. The trees have lost so many leaves that we had great views of the woods. Riding in the opposite direction from the other day we explored a few little side trails, saw new sites and savored the peaceful setting.