Fog & High Water

Mara B was one wet girl when I brought her in this afternoon.

Even my drive to the barn showed signs of all the rain and fog enveloping us today.

Mara nibbled and I used the shedding blade to groom her.

The last two days I have hand walked Mara down the road for a new view and to check the road conditions. It’s been refreshing and we are seeing geese have returned and are in the soaked fields.

We did have ride time in the indoor arena before Mara had to go back out into the rain. Sunshine will be welcome when we see it next.

Welcome Billy

How lovely it was to be back to the regular routine around the stable this afternoon. Mara and her pals were outside in their paddock when I arrived. All the horses were out and appeared calm, content and happy to be enjoying this first day of February.

From laying down in her stall, Mara does have a need for daily grooming, and I worked hard on cleaning her up.

I was determined to ride today and we did. Plus we met and enjoyed new boarder Carley and her horse Billy. Chatting with them was so pleasant that it nicely extended our ride time. Thus Mara B and I ended up with an excellent Friday afternoon together. Welcome to the barn Carley and Billy!

I’m hoping to be back to more consistent riding in the days ahead. Hello February ’19.

Dog, Birds, Bunnies + Mara

Everyone has been challenged by the extreme cold we’re experiencing including our special animals. Our pup Lindy B has required having my homemade booties on to go outside (and it takes a while to get those on and off!) I’m also feeding the birds multiple times a day.

I’m lucky to report that I have a fun caregiver gig for some bunnies and chickens this next week. Today I received my care instructions and todo list.

With the polar vortex still hanging on this was day three for Mara to be in her stall 24/7. All the stall horses are handling it well but I decided Mara B needed to go outside for a while today. My mind can go low, plus I’m very claustrophobic and I was thinking, I have such a strong need to be “out” to breathe fresh air, to physically move and to see the sun, that I felt I had to give Mara the same.

It worked out well, she rolled in the snow, trotted freely around and had a different view for thirty minutes or so. At least it made me feel better, this ‘shutdown’ has reinforced my own understanding of how much I need nature, plus my animal connections to cope when I feel closed in. Hoping you managed to find your own healthy way through the polar vortex of 2019.

Tomorrow we get to turn the calendar to February and a new month together. ☀️💛 ✌️

Snow Bath & Trim

Light snow had dusted Mara when I arrived this afternoon and it was actually very helpful for cleaning her up a bit.

Mara B had her “snow bath” however I guess some other horse used the wash stall for a clean up!

With our very cold temperatures using the wash stall was not the best idea….. Mara also had a very friendly (with Brutus and Bo) farrier appointment with Brian for a trim today.

Small accomplishments for us on another cold winter day.

Plus Seven

It was a very cold morning visit with Mara B today. The temperature was seven when I arrived and the horses were still eating breakfast.

Ice chunks were scattered around the paddock water troughs, signs of the morning chore crew clearing the ice cover.

Mara and I spent our time together in the indoor arena to be in the morning light that was shining through. The closed up barn feels dark and cold these winter days.

I groomed and moved and fed Mara B and we stayed very comfortable.

Actually the horses thick coats do feel warm when they are in the sunshine. We both decided we will enjoy the warm days ahead.

Crisp & Creamy Light

The sun was low in the sky and really beautiful when we arrived to see Mara B this afternoon. Jay said it looked like “creamy light.” It is still very icy and very crisp but we had a nice warm visit with Ms Mara. She was delighted to see Jay.

We all appreciated that the ice had been covered with sand for better footing leading into the arena.

First thing we did was to let Mara move about in the indoor arena. Her game is to head straight for the camera person! Although she doesn’t intimidate us she does come within an inch or so.

After grooming her and giving her a bit of hay we returned her to her paddock and loved the warm glow of the setting sun.

May you also enjoy a warm glow as we end 2018.

Gifts & Hot Water

It was so nice to visit Mara B yesterday, however she was soaked from all the cold freezing rain.

Today I needed to pour hot water over the gate latch because it was frozen and I couldn’t open the snap to take Mara out of her paddock!

Ice has now unfortunately covered everything.

We used the same warm water trick when I returned her to the paddock after our visit this afternoon.

Mara B was delighted to come in for some tasty hay and grooming and she had free arena time to dash about. I also told her about some Christmas gifts I received! Maura G had beautifully cleaned and conditioned our saddle, bridle and my riding boots while I was gone! How sweet was that.

And Jay gave me a selfie stick, oh my, I’m not into selfies, but his idea is for me to try it for some new picture angles for the blog! Stay tuned, we’ll see if it works. And oh, please pass on any of your own ideas to me for ways to improve Mara Moments. I value and appreciate any and all input that’s offered.

Mara B actually did not feel like going back out when I was returning her to the paddock after our visit, she stopped and hesitated at the back door. That’s unusual for her but it felt sort of sweet to me, like she wasn’t ready for our time together to end.

The true inner thoughts of a horse gal who loves her horse.

Gentle Snow

Jay and I had a ‘warm’ visit with Mara this afternoon. When we arrived snow was just starting and continued to fall throughout our barn time!

Mara B liked to have time in the indoor arena with us, a chance to eat some hay and Jay’s deluxe grooming treatment. Then when we returned her to the paddock the snow was very steady and beautiful.

Welcome December.

Cat/Cleanup/Compliant

Today when I went to bring Mara B in, JAC (aka: Socks) marched right out to her paddock with me! It’s always a fun treat to have that extra special companionship at the barn.

While Mara nibbled on hay I spent a good deal of time really cleaning her up, and she needed it.

I wanted to let her have free ‘run around’ time in the indoor arena, however I was not able to pull the side door down. Instead I set up a little barrier, and she was very compliant and respectful of it. So Mara did get to dash about and expend her energy while I enjoyed seeing how she respected the blockade!

I had some pleasant human horse/cat/dog interactions this Monday afternoon.