Hello Again & a Powerhorse

Wonderful to see Mara B this afternoon! I believe she was pleased to have me back too!she certainly was in need of some grooming and clean up.

First thing I let her do was to have her ‘powerhorse’ time moving freely in the indoor arena. She had a wonderful time racing around, bucking and releasing built up energy. Icy conditions are still with us, so we need the indoor arena for the horses to safely exercise.

We all need regular exercise no matter what the weather is!

According to a Yiddish Proverb: “The wagon rests in winter, the sleigh in summer, the horse never.”

Creative Retreat

Mara B is home munching and happy to be on her own retreat.

My creative retreat away has included reading, walking and relaxing. I’m sharing the following book title and highlights from it that have inspired and motivated me for the new year ahead. Maybe you’ll find some inspiration as well.

How to share equine therapy seemed open to my own interpretations. I have enjoyed blogging about ‘equine therapy ‘ however don’t consider myself a true expert, it was just my way of sharing my healing path.

I have learned a lot by blogging and enjoy the creativity it provides me.

Mara and I are simply out on a walk together most days, simply observing nature and taking some photographs.

I have enjoyed show n tell since my grade school days at Hawthorne Elementary, and feel that Mara Moments is another form of show n tell.

Thank for joining me in my creative expressions through my blog. I appreciate you. Helen

Meeting Mark Kelly

Mara B is home with her paddock pals Holly, Spice and Puma.

Not only am I a proponent of equine therapy, I also support efforts to reduce gun violence. Today I had the unplanned opportunity to meet Mark Kelly, husband of Gabby Giffords, who with Gabby formed the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. This organization also educates the public about suicide deaths with guns.

It was very emotional to personally thank Mark Kelly for this critical work, and present him with a Benjamin coin. You can learn more about the important work they are doing at https://lawcenter.giffords.org/

Please ride along.

Salt River Wild Horses

I gave Mara a treat before I left for the Southwest.

She’s relaxing at her comfortable stable while Jay and I observed horses in the wild today at Tonto National Forest.

We were able to get quite close to some of the horses.

Mara has a very different life from these horses. I’m so glad Mara and I can depend on each other for our special bond, in contrast to these horses who have limited human contact.

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.

1/4/19

The afternoon was so mild that I groomed Mara outside. Then we rode out with Leah and Holly for a good trek around the dairy loop.

First stop was to say hello to Julie’s horses.

We had Bo along so we didn’t spot any critters, just enjoyed the quiet winter fields.

Returning home we met up with Rachel out on a training ride.

We all agreed it felt like a spring ride not an early January ride. And that it was very pleasant to be out with our horses! Thanks Mara B.

Half Ride

Mara B and I enjoyed mild temps and sunshine this afternoon, however ice and poor footing kept us from having a good outside ride.

We needed more snow and less ice, so we cut the ride short and only had ‘half a ride’ which was less than satisfying. It was fun though for us to enjoy pals, the pups and fresh air.

Warmer temps are predicted, so we will be back out again tomorrow and hopefully conditions improve. Mara and I are both ready for a great ride “out.”

Hope For The Day.org

Welcome to 2019, we would like to start the year by introducing you to hftd.org. Hope For The Day is an organization shattering the silence of stigma around mental health and suicide.

Mara Moments is a therapy for my own mental health/emotional wellness, as much as it is for sharing Mara B as a therapy horse with others. Thus I feel it’s important to start this new year with highlighting the difficult topic of suicide and the importance of talking about mental health issues.

Jay and I have become hftd.org “Agents of Impact” and want to make our readers aware of this organization. We hope you investigate it further or share information about it with others who may benefit at the start of this new year.

Wishing you and yours peace when things are uneasy, growth in the unfinished and wellness in the becoming, ahead of us in 2019.

Happy New Year

Sincerely, Helen

Bruce, Chip & Bella

It was indoor play time for us today. Mara B and I joined Emma training Bruce, Nick riding Chip and Jennifer exercising Bella in the arena this afternoon.

I attempted to hand walk Mara over to the back field and to the side hay field wanting to end the year with a ride outside, but ice cover sent us back inside. I was grateful for the indoor arena today.

We trotted circles, chatted with the other horse people and ended 2018 with a good arena ride. Wishing you a wonderful ride in 2019, we value and appreciate your support and companionship. Happy Trails, 💛Helen