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!
March first and more snow falling! When I arrived for my afternoon visit with Mara B she was covered in snow and seemed to be waiting at the gate for me. (or so I imagined.)
We started with run around time in the indoor arena for exercise and to lose the snow off of her back.
We stopped to see the goats and Bella on our way in for hay and grooming.
The barn was very quiet with just the cats and a few horses in stalls. As I groomed Mara I realized I feel contained and confined by the ice, deep snow and cold temperatures. Preferring outside riding to indoor horse time I’m dealing with a taste of ‘cabin fever’ of sorts.
Our visit was not only snowy but also peaceful, quiet and calm and that was uplifting. Hello to March.
Gabe joined me this afternoon for some barn time and he gave Mara B the new nickname of Mara Boo! While Gabe climbed snow piles, and I brushed her, Mara ate hay and enjoyed our attention.
Gabe really really enjoyed Socks and Bo though more than any horse.
It’s been unique to slow my pace way way down and to see the barn through a little boys view. The barn, that magical place for all ages to take pleasure in.
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.
Gabe and I ventured out this snowy afternoon to visit Mara B, Bella, Socks the cat, and the baby goats. Plenty of snow was falling and it was peaceful and pretty. First thing we noticed was Holly in the snow hollow, the effects of all the snow and wind we’ve had.
Mara enjoyed a nibble plus Gabe’s attention and antics.
We did visit Bella and the baby goats when we went in the barn, but never saw Socks. (Why? Where was he? why?) Lots of playful energy and activities for a snowy afternoon.
Mara B and I enjoyed deep snow, brilliant sunshine and chatting with friends this afternoon. I groomed Mara while she snacked and I even attempted to give her a bit of a snow bath. She is shedding so I was covered in white hair.
We played in the deep snow and basked in the sun light.
I also had a fun surprise from Jennifer who had found ‘Mara Mugs’ on her recent trip and was so dear to get a pair of them for Jay and me! Special, sweet and appreciated.
Mara, Jay and I are blessed with our wonderful Barn pals, who enrich our days.