Stall Horses Stay In

An April blizzard has found us today! Jay and I had an early visit with Mara this morning to beat the heavy snow that’s coming. The stall horses were kept in for the day because of the predicted heavy snowfall and powerful winds. The Barn had the feel of real warmth and energy, the stalls were being cleaned, the sleet was hitting the roof and Mara enjoyed some food, grooming and time to dry off. Our walk back to her paddock was quick to minimize our time in the wind and snow. Mara B made a quick dash to the shelter when we took off her halter.

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.

Action

From the Capital to the paddock Jay and I saw a lot of action and energy today! The horses in Mara’s paddock were charging around when we arrived. A game of chase went on and on between Mara, Gus, SeaB and Rosie and we enjoyed watching the action. When there was a break from the chasing we brought Mara in for some quiet loving attention, food and grooming.

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.

Cat Nap & Cow Pasture

Mara B was resting comfortably when I arrived at the barn today, I don’t catch her laying down all that often. I slowly got her to get up and I then had a half clean half wet/dirty horse to groom. We had a stroll around the cow pasture for our ride time and enjoyed covering the patches of snowless ground. It was good to have a new perspective plus the promise of more snow melt ahead.

Spring Vet Visit

Mara B recognized Dr Toby this afternoon! She knows the drill and today it was spring shots for Mara B. Plus Dr Toby checked her teeth to determine if they need to be floated, however we will wait until fall on her teeth. So we had lots of grooming and chatting with Barn pals, and the Vet check as our main activities today. Then we did ride around close to the stable but had quite a brisk and cool breeze so kept it rather short.

Light Up Wand

Mara met me at the gate this afternoon, which I always like. We have plenty of new snow around and slippery conditions so we spent our time together in the indoor arena. Eve let me try out her light flashing with sound effects wand on Mara. Mara continues to show us how calm and cool she is! This flashing ‘magic’ wand did not impress her. So we also saddled up and rode circles to warm up her muscles.

Transitions

Mara and I saw the transition from deep snow spots, and a few icy patches to mud and melted puddles of water on today’s outing. Mara continues to be ouchy on her right front leg so we took it easy and just walked around the stable and a close neighborhood stretch. I added in Peanut at the water tank today because I always enjoy seeing him when I greet Mara B in her paddock.

Hoof Treatment 


Mara was extremely sore today, in fact she did not want to move. So Brian her farrier came into her paddock to treat the abscess. Brian tested the hoof, felt for heat and identified the site of the pocket of purulent material (much like a whitehead pimple.) He then trimmed hoof and created a small opening to relieve the pressure. Mara will continue to have her hoof wrapped with a medicated poultice pad. I’ll change the dressing in two days and Brian will return to recheck her on Friday. I gave Mara B more Bute and got her over to the water tank before saying goodbye. We are on the road to recovery.

Tender Foot


Mara B is lame, it’s probably an abscess (95% sure.) She was moving very slowly very gingerly this morning. We have separated her from her herd, to avoid the other horses forcing her to move unnecessarily. She is now comfortable outside across from her own paddock and resting comfortably we hope.  We delivered water and hay, put a poultice on her left front hoof and her farrier will attend to her on Monday. Mara B is clearly very tender on that hoof but has been an appreciative and sweet patient.