Pristine New Snow

Mara B was resting with Rosie when I arrived and her coat was a bit icy stiff from the fresh snow fall. After grooming and saddling her up I let her burn off energy in the indoor arena, and she enjoyed the freedom and space to dash about. We then headed out for a walk around the stable grounds and made our way through beautiful deep pristine new snow! We even had peaks of sunshine to reflect the very bright white snow, it was dazzling.

Crunchy/Slippery

Mara and I tried to ride out this afternoon but conditions forced us to spend the majority of our time together in the indoor arena. Despite sunshine and no wind the very crunchy deep snow and icy footing was not comfortable for us. We stayed close to the Barn area for a short attempt to ride “out” but then returned to the indoor to trot circles. We do want to ride safely.

Shadows on Snow

Mara B and I rode in the hay field and around the stable grounds this afternoon. The bright sunshine cast beautiful snow shadows that were brilliant and sharp for us to enjoy. Deep snow, blue skies and chilly temps also topped off today’s winter ride.

Sharing Super Experiences 


Mara stayed in Wisconsin today and we celebrated in St Paul and Minneapolis. Sharing a super long post today to highlight the wonderful people who are in town to celebrate a game. We saw the best of humanity and it was marvelous to ride along. We were all winners in Minnesota today. Photos from the St Paul Ice Palace where we volunteered with Little Free Library this week, Taste of the NFL breakfast this morning and Super Bowl events downtown Minneapolis this afternoon.

An Outing with Gus


Gus is Mara’s paddock pal and trail buddy, so it was fun to have some ride time together with Nena and Gus today. We had very favorable riding conditions for the last day of January. Riders and mounts all delighted in the winter beauty!

Routines 


Mara and I had a routine visit today, routine in the sense that our time together does generally follow a pattern. Greetings in the paddock, arena time for her to get some exercise, grooming and cleaning her hoofs plus she always has a bite to eat. Our Barn cats are also a part of the daily routines, they also, always want me to give them some food. Temps this morning were back to too cold to do much else.

Icy Footing 


Mara B and I did ride out this morning, however with very different conditions than yesterday. After the thaw and then today’s drop in temps we had really icy footing to manage. I even hand walked her across the solid ice on the driveway to get into the hayfield. We then circled the hayfield in the opposite direction of yesterday and called it a day. Good exercise for Ms Mara!

Forty 


Forty degrees this afternoon provided excellent conditions for our ride! Mara and I circled the hay field, walked into the cow pasture and finished with a glance out in the cornfield. With some sun, blue sky and warm temperatures it was an excellent January trail ride. The warm temps even had Pat and Sam really cleaning the pasture paddock.

Signs of Deer


Mara and I had a morning walk along the side of the hayfield today and saw many signs of the neighborhood deer. Deer tracks, scat and oval-shaped impressions in the snow where deer had been resting were along our path. Plus the morning fog had left lovely frost on the grasses and tree branches, it was quite magical.

Muted Winter Whites


Today Mara and I had a very beautiful afternoon ride, the stillness and muted colors against all the bright new snow were quietly stunning. We headed out into the back corn field and returned along the cow pasture fence. The sky was gray, there was no wind at all and it was absolutely silent. Mara is getting a good workout walking through the eight to ten inches of snow and I was delighted with the ride!