Thawing Out

Mara and her paddock pals had frozen manes and tails this morning after yesterday’s freezing rain. So Mara B was delighted to come into the Barn with me for food, grooming and connection time and I was pleased to get back in the saddle. A cold icy day with warm bonding time for us.

Hoof Treatment 


Mara was extremely sore today, in fact she did not want to move. So Brian her farrier came into her paddock to treat the abscess. Brian tested the hoof, felt for heat and identified the site of the pocket of purulent material (much like a whitehead pimple.) He then trimmed hoof and created a small opening to relieve the pressure. Mara will continue to have her hoof wrapped with a medicated poultice pad. I’ll change the dressing in two days and Brian will return to recheck her on Friday. I gave Mara B more Bute and got her over to the water tank before saying goodbye. We are on the road to recovery.

Reflection 


Mara Moments posts show how a daily connection with my horse provides me with a creative healing activity while also promoting equine therapy. In addition I have been trying to give voice to Suicide Awareness and Prevention by sharing my healing journey as a suicide survivor. I find it important to be a part of a broader discussion of depression, mental health, isolation and trauma. Today is International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day 2017. The loss of life and the toll on suicide survivors in incalculable. Starting with this awareness and gentle reminder of the dangers of untreated mental illness, let’s please contribute in our own way to help reduce suicides. Thank you.

Mara B is my wonderful therapy horse and I am very grateful for her. Today she was true therapy.

Half Outside Half Inside 


Mara B met me at the gate this morning, that’s always a nice way to start our time together. Half of our ride time was in the back where we saw the operation for making stall bedding from corn husks. (Very cool I think.) We also walked the cut cornfield. Barn pal Brutus then joined us for our inside ride time and made my day. Brutus had never done that before, and I thought it was pretty sweet.

Golden Fields Golden Light


A late afternoon ride in the corn field provided perfect golden light to capture today’s Mara Moments. Luckily Jay was with us and hiked along to be our photographer. Fun to now have these fields available to ride in once again. Mara was as warm as the golden light.

Chill Down


A late day visit and cold temperatures kept my Mara B time brief today. There was a lot of activity around the Barn despite the cold. Trucks being loaded with grain, both a Vet and a farrier there working with horses. Mara had a meal, a short grooming session and we called it a day.

Mara the Wrangler


Fun full morning for us today. Starting in the round pen, Mara had real energy to expend. Then Hannah needed an assist with catching a horse and jumped on Mara to work with her as a wrangler. It was fun to watch and Mara was great at the job, however M&H did not prevail (this time). We concluded our morning together with a relaxing ride around some of the dairy loop. A good horse day.

Plowed Fields and Heat


Mara and walked to Sam’s this afternoon and the corn fields are now plowed fields. We enjoyed sunshine and clear skies. It seemed warmer outside than in the barn, but the heat is now on! Preparing to tack up I start in the bathroom these days to use the heat in there to warm up Mara’s bit. Just one of those seasonal changes brought on by the cold temps.

Saddle Charms


After losing a very special medal that was a saddle charm, I was blessed with a mini miracle of finding it a week later. The saddle now has new charms that are tied on with extra care.  We enjoy having them along on our rides. Mara had grooming and arena excerise this afternoon and Jay joined us for the fun.

Back Trail


Mara and I rode out on the back trail this morning. The discovery was that the leaves remaining on the trees now match Mara’s color.  A green alfalfa field and very dry corn still standing back there.  Our ride was very peaceful.