Hay Belly


Mara has been hanging out at the round bale and not moving much! Thus she has a big belly, or hay belly some say. I don’t worry about it, because when I checked I learned that in fact the horse is not fat, she has gas! In fact, gas production is normal and healthy. It indicates the horse is getting enough hay for gut fermentation. Some horses get a grazing muzzle to keep their hay/grass intake down, for various reasons. One of the pasture horses is wearing his grazing muzzle today.

Sugardine 


Mara has been able to now move on from the medicated poultice pad to the sugardine treatment for her hoof abscess. The sugardine is Betadine mixed with sugar to the consistency of peanut butter, packed on the hoof and secured with a baby diaper, vet wrap and duct tape. She has made wonderful progress, thank goodness. We visited the pasture horses on the way back to her paddock, and she enjoyed saying hi to Jack.

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.

Tender Foot


Mara B is lame, it’s probably an abscess (95% sure.) She was moving very slowly very gingerly this morning. We have separated her from her herd, to avoid the other horses forcing her to move unnecessarily. She is now comfortable outside across from her own paddock and resting comfortably we hope.  We delivered water and hay, put a poultice on her left front hoof and her farrier will attend to her on Monday. Mara B is clearly very tender on that hoof but has been an appreciative and sweet patient.

Sea Oats


I left the Sea Oats behind and I’m looking forward to reuniting with Mara B! Hannah has let me know that Mara has come up lame today. (Who knows why?) We will check it all out in the morning, for now Hannah was giving her Bute (an anti-inflammatory for horses.) One of the numerous situations a horse owner must manage, hopefully just something minor.

Paddock Play and Mailboxes


It was a good horse day this Monday. We have our pal Gus back in our paddock and I’ve been entertained watching Gus and Mara each try to be in charge of the “new mare” in the herd! Very fun to observe the horse behaviors. Mara and I then rode down the quiet neighborhood street and only confronted mailboxes and one dog. It was pleasant to be out with no orange jackets in sight. Wrapping up our ride we stopped to watch Ray and Beau, practice loading and backing out of their trailer. Many morning activities going on at River Brink today.

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.

An Addition


Starting in the round pen for Mara to stretch her legs and expend energy has been working well for us lately, it’s what we did today. Then we headed up to the cow pasture and found the new addition which signals big changes for our outings. Riding up and then back down from the cow pasture is good excerise for Mara and I like the views. A good ride for us, cool temps but calm winds.

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.

Doors Are Closed


The barn doors are now closed against the cold weather. Mara and I prefer the doors open but that season has come and gone. However we did manage to ride out today for a shorter distance. Just happy to have an outside ride for starting the month of November!