Multiple Visits

We have been checking on Mara B and giving her meds and comfort.

All is going well, she has caught on to a few things that she’s not enjoying such as the antibiotics being given and the aerosol bandage being sprayed on…..but friends are assisting and we are getting it all done. Today was a rest and recuperation day for Mara B.

Rain brings Cornflowers

We ended the week with a wash out, however Mara B and I had a nice indoor day together.

Mara B was great on the lunge line after her clean up and snack time.

The rain does bring the darling Cornflowers that are by Mara’s paddock to life for us to delight in!

Vet Visit

Before Mara’s vet visit this morning, Jennifer and Bella rode out with us to enjoy the morning.

One of the pasture horses seen in the photo above, walked the fence line with us on our way back, keeping Mara rather curious. We also met up with Alanna and Allegro.

Doc Ed was a bigger part of our morning though. It’s been determined that Mara has a low thyroid, so she’s been on medication for that and we are trying to figure out what level of medication she needs for it. Today was a second blood test to find that out. We also addressed her hives and the allergic reaction she had on the trail last Friday. She is now being treated for that too. Plus Ed did a chiropractic elevation on her to see what areas she needs tweaked. We sure want her to be as healthy and happy as possible! She’s so good about it all, I feel she ‘knows’ we are helping her.

Shade & Water

Mara B and Spice were chilling side by side when I arrived for an early morning visit. It’s a sizzler this Memorial Day with temps expected in the high 90s. Mara and I went into the outdoor arena for a change of view and a little exercise.

However what we both preferred was cool water and a shaded space to relax.

This Memorial Day we honor the fallen people and war horses who have served our country.

Rehab

Mara has been tender footed and less willing to trot off and to move out recently. Because she has already had a case of laminitis two years ago, I was concerned and feeling that something was “off.”

So today she had a Vet check and it was confirmed that she is dealing with another bout of Laminitis. A blood test, exam and hoof check now have us on a rehabilitation treatment program moving forward. Mara was given pain medication (daily for the next four weeks ) and we will wait approximately three days for the results of the blood tests. A real bummer, however we are on our improvement plan and looking for good results for her.

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.