Following Footsteps

Mara and I rode in the back field following in the footsteps that Melodee and Rachel had blazed on their horses earlier in the afternoon. With ten inches of fresh snow yesterday, no previous trails were visible! The ride was magical with the reflection of bright sun on the deep glistening fresh snow. Bo joined us which added to the fun.

Their creative patterns and paths were delightful to observe and follow. Jennifer even caught us returning to the barn.

What a treat to ride through the fresh snow and winter wonderland on horseback.

Snow, Snack & Chat

Mara B and I enjoyed deep snow, brilliant sunshine and chatting with friends this afternoon. I groomed Mara while she snacked and I even attempted to give her a bit of a snow bath. She is shedding so I was covered in white hair.

We played in the deep snow and basked in the sun light.

I also had a fun surprise from Jennifer who had found ‘Mara Mugs’ on her recent trip and was so dear to get a pair of them for Jay and me! Special, sweet and appreciated.

Mara, Jay and I are blessed with our wonderful Barn pals, who enrich our days.

Snow Trail

Wonderful to be back with Mara B this afternoon! I said hello to her gave her a warm hug, barely groomed her, and quickly saddled up to join Carley and Billy on a ride out.

A Beautiful still afternoon to ride through the gorgeous new snow. The horses were fabulous and I thank Carley for some fun photos to share. A favorite picture I captured on our ride, was Billy’s long beautiful tail dragging in the fresh snow.

Enjoying the peaceful winter beauty on horseback, was a special treat today.

Valentine’s Views

Valentine’s Day is a celebration of the heart and positive feelings we share with our family and friends. Mara B and I include our followers among our special friends and today we want thank you for riding along with us 💛

Sending our wish to you for a Happy Valentine’s Day.

A simple thank you with a lot of 💛

Sand for some & Snow for others

We headed to the sand beaches and left Mara B behind in the snow. Before we left we brightened Mara’s day with a sunflower and lots of love.

Walking the beach today we came upon a different sort of ride.

This ride was being used by a group of guys fishing for shark (catch and release). A fun group of friends enjoying each other and the beautiful seashore. They engaged us warmly, we talked and learned about their fishing techniques and friendship. We left them with the one Benjamin coin I had in my pocket. A pleasant chance encounter.

Following are a few additional photos from our beach stroll home.

Missing Ms Mara but not the snow!

Snow Bed Snow Bath + kids

Below zero temps with brilliant sunshine for my Mara B visit this afternoon. I found Mara relaxing in a snow bed where she was pleasantly napping and I had to encourage her to stand up. She did enjoy a vigorous snow bath before returning to her feet.

Our inside the barn activities of grooming and nibbling on hay where enhanced with a close up of the new kids. Megan and Maddi both stopped in to check on them, so I was able to take this photo. Their growth has been amazing to watch, they are only three or four days old and are noticeably bigger and stronger every single day. Nanny goat is obviously doing a wonderful job as are the fabulous chore crew in assisting her.

Mara B and I also ventured out to inspect the snow drifts and there are plenty around to delight in!

Real winter temps, piles of snow, bright sunshine and sweet special animals to take pleasure in.

Snowy & Cute Twins

It was a very snowy visit with Mara B this morning. I didn’t even take her out of the paddock, we simply chatted and I gave her a treat.

I also visited the cute twins in the barn and even snapped a photo to share. Nanny Goat and kids were much more active today than yesterday.

The cute twins reminded me that I’m a twin! So I’m reposting an old photo of my twin David and me on the ponies we had one summer long ago.

All was beautifully white and serene at the stable when I departed.

It feels like all has been slowed down for the horses and humans alike these past few days.

Warm Up and Stretch

Fun to see Julie, Maisy and Skeeter out on the road enjoying the warmup this afternoon. Julie lives down the road from River Brink and owns Barbie and baby Cha-Ching as well.

With the warm up and Jay as photographer, here are a few highlights of Mara B and Stormy (with Marina) stretching their legs too.

Thank you for hiking along with us Jay. Wow, what a treat to have a mild day and to ride out!

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. ☀️💛 ✌️