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.

Sea Oats

I left the Sea Oats behind and I’m looking forward to reuniting with Mara B! Hannah has let me know that Mara has come up lame today. (Who knows why?) We will check it all out in the morning, for now Hannah was giving her Bute (an anti-inflammatory for horses.) One of the numerous situations a horse owner must manage, hopefully just something minor.

Grooming Buddy

Today was Jay’s day with Mara B, those two like to stay connected too. Jay has his horsemanship time and Mara has a special groom for the day. We had cool temperatures but enjoyed warm connections together.

Fall Vet Visit 

We had the first snow and Dr Toby’s fall visit this morning. Mara B was staying as dry as possible in the shelter when I arrived. I sat on the bench, let Mara eat, she had her fall shots and headed back to her paddock. Weather does play into our horse time, and today’s weather was simply not conducive to great horse time.

Ground Connections

From trimming Mara’s bridle path to having her hoofs trimmed, today was a day of connecting on the ground with her. We went over poles on the lunge line, did bending and flexing and just played together with arena toys on the ground. Mara and I both enjoyed the change of pace.


Mara B loves her hay! She is often enjoying the round bale when I arrive to visit her. While on our travels to Iowa we were delighted to meet Arthur Geisert, the illustrator of “Haystack” – a beautiful picture book with exquisite colored etchings. “Haystack” teaches that a haystack is more than just a pile of hay. No wonder Mara loves it. Many people like the smell of hay, especially when horses are eating it.

Trail & Fields

Today felt like a perfect summer day, it was ideal for riding. We got out with Char and SeaB and made a good loop, both horses were awesome. We are seeing a tiny bit of red starting to appear and some test rows of corn that have been cut. A summer type day with a few signs of fall slipping in.

Rain & Inside Play

Mara and I had a good change of pace in the indoor arena this afternoon. Lunging and stepping over poles, bending and flexing. We don’t often play inside so today’s rain provided us the chance. We looked ‘out’ rather than looking down the trail.

Fencing and Showering 

Riding out we stopped to say hello to the guys who were repairing the paddock fence that had gone down yesterday. Mara and I had such a relaxing ride time today, we both enjoyed a slow saunter and took in the sights.  Mara received a good spray down after our ride and she loved the rinse off. Of course she had rolled already by the time I drove out the driveway.