Snowy Fence Line

Another pleasant afternoon out with Mara B, today we rode the snowy fence line between the back field and cow pasture. We had the ideal conditions of mild temperatures and no wind. Bo did not run along so there was a stillness to our ride as well.

Snow stuck to Mara’s legs which shows the depth of snow we walked through.

Mara B had clean legs, pristine hoofs and a delighted rider when we returned to the barn.

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.

Snow/Nanny & kids

We have had a great deal of snow in the past 24 hours and more is predicted. Mara B and her pals colorfully stood out to me in the whitewashed landscape of their paddock this afternoon.

Plenty of snow had been plowed and removed around River Brink. Maybe too much….not sure, just an observation here…..

However it was the barn message board that announced the big exciting news of the day!

Mara B and I complied and only peeked in at the goats from afar.

Nanny Goat and adorable twin kids are in there! We wanted mom to rest and kids to eat today but do look forward to seeing more of them soon.

Mara and I seem to enjoy little adventures together whatever the weather. Which is a wonderful treat for me, and fun to share with YOU.

Stabilicers and Icelandics

With all the ice under foot at the stable, I was definitely glad I wore my Stabilicers for today’s visit with Mara B. Jay surprised me with them and they’ve turned out to be fabulous winter traction ice cleats that keep me from falling. I truly appreciated them today, thank you Jay!

Cindy and Eve had the Icelandic horses playing in the indoor arena and invited Mara to join in the horse play. It was pretty thrilling for her and allowed her to run, jump and chase on solid, safe ground. All the action happened so fast it was difficult to take photos, but you get the idea here. Thanks friends.

Snow was just starting to fall when I returned Mara to her paddock.

And continues falling covering us in quiet white beauty.

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. ☀️💛 ✌️

Polar (vortex) & (pony) Pearl

Yes, it’s dangerously cold here today. Yes, I visited Mara B late this morning, the drive to the stable was fine, the car thermometer was negative 22.

The fabulous morning chore crew (Pat, Maddi and Mitch) were still working hard when I arrived. All chores were completed with horses in their stalls, keeping doors closed as much as possible no tractor in and out to haul the manure, it was all removed by carrying muck buckets to the door. No tractor was used to bring in the fresh stall bedding, it was hauled in with muscle. Thank you wonderful chore crew team! Mara B and her pal Spice had arena time, I had grooming/bonding time with Mara and she warmed up my heart.

But enough about the polar vortex and the ‘stay inside’ instructions. Please let me introduce you to a Mara Moments follower instead of continuing to discuss the weather. (I’m hoping it’s a little more fun) Here is faithful blog follower and special friend given by nature, my niece Laura. Laura was lucky to have backyard horses when she was growing up! Pony, Pearl was a real cutie and I remember Pearl too.

Yes, Laura trimmed Pearl’s forelock and mane, and you guessed it, her tail too! That’s what little girls do sometimes. Laura and her daughters no longer have a ‘real’ horse of their own, but they enjoy riding along with Mara B and me. Thanks for riding with us!

I hope you are tucked in, and in a warm place ☀️ spring arrives soon I’ve heard.