Plus Seven

It was a very cold morning visit with Mara B today. The temperature was seven when I arrived and the horses were still eating breakfast.

Ice chunks were scattered around the paddock water troughs, signs of the morning chore crew clearing the ice cover.

Mara and I spent our time together in the indoor arena to be in the morning light that was shining through. The closed up barn feels dark and cold these winter days.

I groomed and moved and fed Mara B and we stayed very comfortable.

Actually the horses thick coats do feel warm when they are in the sunshine. We both decided we will enjoy the warm days ahead.

Bruce, Chip & Bella

It was indoor play time for us today. Mara B and I joined Emma training Bruce, Nick riding Chip and Jennifer exercising Bella in the arena this afternoon.

I attempted to hand walk Mara over to the back field and to the side hay field wanting to end the year with a ride outside, but ice cover sent us back inside. I was grateful for the indoor arena today.

We trotted circles, chatted with the other horse people and ended 2018 with a good arena ride. Wishing you a wonderful ride in 2019, we value and appreciate your support and companionship. Happy Trails, 💛Helen

Crisp & Creamy Light

The sun was low in the sky and really beautiful when we arrived to see Mara B this afternoon. Jay said it looked like “creamy light.” It is still very icy and very crisp but we had a nice warm visit with Ms Mara. She was delighted to see Jay.

We all appreciated that the ice had been covered with sand for better footing leading into the arena.

First thing we did was to let Mara move about in the indoor arena. Her game is to head straight for the camera person! Although she doesn’t intimidate us she does come within an inch or so.

After grooming her and giving her a bit of hay we returned her to her paddock and loved the warm glow of the setting sun.

May you also enjoy a warm glow as we end 2018.

Gifts & Hot Water

It was so nice to visit Mara B yesterday, however she was soaked from all the cold freezing rain.

Today I needed to pour hot water over the gate latch because it was frozen and I couldn’t open the snap to take Mara out of her paddock!

Ice has now unfortunately covered everything.

We used the same warm water trick when I returned her to the paddock after our visit this afternoon.

Mara B was delighted to come in for some tasty hay and grooming and she had free arena time to dash about. I also told her about some Christmas gifts I received! Maura G had beautifully cleaned and conditioned our saddle, bridle and my riding boots while I was gone! How sweet was that.

And Jay gave me a selfie stick, oh my, I’m not into selfies, but his idea is for me to try it for some new picture angles for the blog! Stay tuned, we’ll see if it works. And oh, please pass on any of your own ideas to me for ways to improve Mara Moments. I value and appreciate any and all input that’s offered.

Mara B actually did not feel like going back out when I was returning her to the paddock after our visit, she stopped and hesitated at the back door. That’s unusual for her but it felt sort of sweet to me, like she wasn’t ready for our time together to end.

The true inner thoughts of a horse gal who loves her horse.

Cherry Picker & Superb Jaunt

It was lovely to reconnect with Mara B this afternoon! We had an adventurous arena experience right away. A cherry picker truck was in there and Dan was installing new LED lightbulbs. I’m thrilled because it was distracting when the lights were on because of the loud buzzing sound they made. The horses had a fun time watching the action.

And what a superb Saturday for a jaunt with Jennifer and Bella. We had excellent winter riding conditions and enjoyed the winter beauty.

An excellent horse/pals/barn day.

Fancy Lookalikes

Mara was pleased to see Jay this afternoon.

Then we met up with Suzy Q, Mara’s fancy Paint lookalike in the indoor arena. Greg and Suzy Q were very pleasant, however Mara did not win Miss Congeniality.

Mara did however enjoy her Saturday grooming, nibble and warmup time with us and we did enjoy her. Because we love her so.

Cat/Cleanup/Compliant

Today when I went to bring Mara B in, JAC (aka: Socks) marched right out to her paddock with me! It’s always a fun treat to have that extra special companionship at the barn.

While Mara nibbled on hay I spent a good deal of time really cleaning her up, and she needed it.

I wanted to let her have free ‘run around’ time in the indoor arena, however I was not able to pull the side door down. Instead I set up a little barrier, and she was very compliant and respectful of it. So Mara did get to dash about and expend her energy while I enjoyed seeing how she respected the blockade!

I had some pleasant human horse/cat/dog interactions this Monday afternoon.

Peter Visits Mara

Fun to have Peter home so he could visit Mara B today!

Peter, Mara and I experienced many out of the ordinary Barn activities this afternoon. Thanksgiving weekend hunters were heard and visible off in the surrounding fields which had the horses curious and on alert.

Then Eve and Dave were covering their horse trailer which got Mara’s attention.

Peter captured creative photos for us too, some of which appear in today’s post.

Mara and I love when Peter visits.

November Pumpkins

Mariela repeated driving rather than riding today. Plus she groomed Mara B, braided her forlock and mane, and was our photographer again!

We had our photo taken with farm equipment outback for a few ‘creative’ shots, that I post on Instagram @mara.equine.moments

On today’s ride Mara and I observed ‘November pumpkins’ and the wide open landscape.

Mariela, Mara and I got in one more barn adventure together.