3Rs

I had an early morning connection time with Mara B today, she was covered in sand and dirt after a heavy rain last night. I enjoyed cleaning her up and dusting her off.

We were low key because today would have been Benjamin’s 29th Birthday and we wanted to simply remember Benjamin reflect and rest today. (Here’s a photo of Benjamin with a horse I leased.)

So rest and reminisce is what we did today.

peace

New Bridle

Maura took great care of Mara B again today, and even gifted her with one of her bridles from her past endurance riding days!

Mara B is stylin’ now, and has been so well cared for these past few days!

Maura G with Mara B

Cousin Maura G spent time with Mara B today! They bonded with some grooming and lunging exercises and enjoyed their stable time together.

While Jay and I are out West with our favorite cowboy, where we met a few of his neighbors.

Maura G and Mara B meet up with the Vet tomorrow.

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.

Tires & Treads

Tire tubes and snowmobile treads entertained us today! Mara and I rode in the indoor arena and transported the tire tubes around, I tossed them off of her while riding and walked through them on the ground for a little fun. The snowmobile was parked outside the barn when I walked Mara B back to her paddock, so she investigated it and posed for a few photos next to it.

Hello Melodee Hello Lindy

Lovely Melodee stopped to greet Mara and me this morning as she drove by. Mara B was delighted to greet Melodee and stuck her head right into the truck and then proceeded to lick the mirror. You had to be there, but it was quite entertaining! Then to allow Mara a rest day, I gave her some Bute and took her on a good walk with our pup Lindy B. It was very fun and I will definitely take them both out walking again.

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.