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.
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.
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.
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.