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.
Mara B and I chatted about Santa’s reindeer with Landon and Lorrie today. Landon also treated Mara to a nibble of hay and some sweet pats!
No ride time today though because when I lunged Mara I saw her limping at the trot. Darn, we rode out yesterday with no issues so I’m not certain what happened. I gave her some Bute, a snack and a clean up then just hand walked her down the driveway. She is favoring her front left leg and it seems like a shoulder strain to me. So Mara rested and I hand walked a friends horse who is in on stall rest.
Time with these two was pleasant even without saddling up Mara and riding out.
Mara and I had a wonderful ride to the river and back with friends before meeting Dr. Ed at the barn this morning.
Then it was Mara’s first ever chiropractic/acupuncture ‘adjustment ‘ treatment. The process was very interesting, lasted about 40 minuets and she caught on that we were only treating her to help her feel well.
Licking, chewing and comfortable sighs from Mara B resulted. It was a little extra special tune up for her to keep her feeling her best.
Mara was reshod this morning which took up much of our connection time today.
And Barbie’s colt has received his name! It’s Cha-Ching Cha-Ching his owner Julie told me yesterday.
So today I thought I’d mention to the horse lovers who are following Mara Moments and are without your own horse to please keep in mind the financial reality of owning your own horse. Board, Vet, farrier, equipment, emergencies plus other variables can be costly. Mara Moments does try to be real and share our true experiences, so today’s topic is an important one.
Owning your own horse is truly a wonderful adventure, but please know/remember that owning a horse requires both time and money.
To me it’s also priceless therapy that I’m grateful for.
We did not make the 30% chance Dr. Anne gave Mara’s stitches of holding, this morning I discovered the wound has reopened. Alanna was a wonderful help to us, she cleaned it out with an antiseptic, trimmed a few stitches off and then I was able to recover it with the aerosol bandage. Darn, however Mara B is handling it all beautifully.
We continued on with a good ride out joined by Kim and Rio and all loved the vivid green landscape and gorgeous trees we passed.
I’m still waiting on a call back from Dr. Anne to consult with her on what to do next…..
The stable alerted me last night that Mara B had a cut lip, today we took care of her injury. Not sure what actually happened, however the wound needed to be cleaned and stitched up.
Dr. Anne arrived and sedated Mara plus gave her a local block on her nose, cleaned the wound out and then sewed it up with both internal and external sutures.
The final results looked great! The wound was sprayed with an aerosol bandage. Mara had a shot of Bute and is on antibiotics for the next five days. Thankfully there was no gum or tooth issue so all should be fine. Even riding we hope will be okay in a few days. Of course the stitches need to hold! Dr Anne and I know they may not last the entire two weeks we’re hoping for.