Mara B and I had another ride out in the endless snowy expanse this afternoon. However, Sam rode off on his snowmobile as we rode out. We do not have experience with actual moving snowmobiles, only stationary ones. Mara had a keen sense it was there, so being able to clearly see it coming and going was helpful and she handled it well. (We were also in extremely deep snow with no place to go!) It was a new adventure for us.
Sam went up to the cow pasture as well out back along the trail. Here are his tracks we saw riding back in. The snowmobile was also parked by the time we returned.
We continued along then with a loop around the front paddocks and said hello to Gus and Rosie too.
Deep snow, sunshine and snowmobile action for Mara B and me today.
Mara B and I rode in the snowy back field this afternoon and Bo joined along. However with the significant snow depths Bo let Mara blaze the trail and mostly followed in her tracks, which is not his usual routine!
We went slowly, took some rests and savored the dazzling snow and silent surroundings. Mara even felt a touch warm when I dismounted. It was refreshing to be outside on the edge of the woods and moving through such deep snow!
Mara B and I met up with Jackie and Leo and Jennifer and Bella at the snow pile behind the indoor arena this afternoon. Trust me we have more snow than we need around River Brink these days.
The winter conditions have been rather challenging but are not keeping us from our wonderful horses! Jackie, thank you for being the photographer for us today.
Mara B and I are looking forward to some March melting.
Mara B and I had a wonderful solo snow ride together this afternoon. First though I reintroduced her to the snow sled and we had practice time pulling and playing with it.
Then we headed to the side hay field for a new view. I hand walk Mara over there to avoid ice. Then I use a ‘snow drift’ to stand on to mount or in simple terms to get on her!
Bo joined us and we walked on the snowmobile trails.
We also rode in the back hay field where I then dropped my glove! (Taking the photos for the post!)
Just to let you know I had to dismount, and remount directly from the ground (no snow drift was available.) Well, I was proud of myself because even with my snow pants on and chaps over the snow pants plus my big snow boots on I made it up first try! Truly, you simply have to believe me, and know that feat made my day. With no wind, the sun higher in the sky and the rays stronger Mara B and I had a delightful afternoon together.
Wonderful to be back with Mara B this afternoon! I said hello to her gave her a warm hug, barely groomed her, and quickly saddled up to join Carley and Billy on a ride out.
A Beautiful still afternoon to ride through the gorgeous new snow. The horses were fabulous and I thank Carley for some fun photos to share. A favorite picture I captured on our ride, was Billy’s long beautiful tail dragging in the fresh snow.
Enjoying the peaceful winter beauty on horseback, was a special treat today.
Fun to see Julie, Maisy and Skeeter out on the road enjoying the warmup this afternoon. Julie lives down the road from River Brink and owns Barbie and baby Cha-Ching as well.
With the warm up and Jay as photographer, here are a few highlights of Mara B and Stormy (with Marina) stretching their legs too.
Thank you for hiking along with us Jay. Wow, what a treat to have a mild day and to ride out!
Mara and I rode the back fields with Leah and Holly this afternoon and Mara B enjoyed just hanging back and following.
We zigzagged around through some slush, ice, mud and even ‘open water’ for footing.
We appreciated the mild weather for another good January ride.
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.