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.

Quiet Mist


Quiet misty morning at River Brink for us today. The paddocks were peaceful, and the birds were hanging out in the shelters. Mara and I had good slow quiet connection time. We played  in the arena with a few obstacles and I rode with no stirrups as my little challenge.

Brrr & Burrs


Brrr it’s cold outside, so let’s not talk about the weather today. Mara and I have been seeing burrs on our rides lately, and pasture horses are finding them too!

Chill Down


A late day visit and cold temperatures kept my Mara B time brief today. There was a lot of activity around the Barn despite the cold. Trucks being loaded with grain, both a Vet and a farrier there working with horses. Mara had a meal, a short grooming session and we called it a day.

Mara the Wrangler


Fun full morning for us today. Starting in the round pen, Mara had real energy to expend. Then Hannah needed an assist with catching a horse and jumped on Mara to work with her as a wrangler. It was fun to watch and Mara was great at the job, however M&H did not prevail (this time). We concluded our morning together with a relaxing ride around some of the dairy loop. A good horse day.

Plowed Fields and Heat


Mara and walked to Sam’s this afternoon and the corn fields are now plowed fields. We enjoyed sunshine and clear skies. It seemed warmer outside than in the barn, but the heat is now on! Preparing to tack up I start in the bathroom these days to use the heat in there to warm up Mara’s bit. Just one of those seasonal changes brought on by the cold temps.

Saddle Charms


After losing a very special medal that was a saddle charm, I was blessed with a mini miracle of finding it a week later. The saddle now has new charms that are tied on with extra care.  We enjoy having them along on our rides. Mara had grooming and arena excerise this afternoon and Jay joined us for the fun.

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.

No Wind


A day with no wind is a great day for riding. So today Mara and I liked, the warm sun and no wind as we explored more areas of the cow pasture again. The trees have lost so many leaves that we had great views of the woods. Riding in the opposite direction from the other day we explored a few little side trails, saw new sites and savored the peaceful setting.