Fog & High Water

Mara B was one wet girl when I brought her in this afternoon.

Even my drive to the barn showed signs of all the rain and fog enveloping us today.

Mara nibbled and I used the shedding blade to groom her.

The last two days I have hand walked Mara down the road for a new view and to check the road conditions. It’s been refreshing and we are seeing geese have returned and are in the soaked fields.

We did have ride time in the indoor arena before Mara had to go back out into the rain. Sunshine will be welcome when we see it next.

Soundscape

Mara B and I generally like the volume low and we appreciate the sounds of silence when we are out in nature. Today we rode in the arena due to icy footing and listened to ice dripping and ice sliding off the roof. We had the garage door open for some light. Mara wanted to trot and move which felt good to both of us.

Sunday Jay visited and we faced ice and windy conditions.

Today writing about soundscapes made me want to share a book title with you, if you feel you may appreciate the quiet lane too, I think you’ll value my new favorite book.

I think Mara would be a fan of “Silence: In the Age of Noise” too.

Mara Boo

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.

J&J @ the Snow pile

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.

Barn Visit

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.

Snow, Snack & Chat

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.

Snow Bed Snow Bath + kids

Below zero temps with brilliant sunshine for my Mara B visit this afternoon. I found Mara relaxing in a snow bed where she was pleasantly napping and I had to encourage her to stand up. She did enjoy a vigorous snow bath before returning to her feet.

Our inside the barn activities of grooming and nibbling on hay where enhanced with a close up of the new kids. Megan and Maddi both stopped in to check on them, so I was able to take this photo. Their growth has been amazing to watch, they are only three or four days old and are noticeably bigger and stronger every single day. Nanny goat is obviously doing a wonderful job as are the fabulous chore crew in assisting her.

Mara B and I also ventured out to inspect the snow drifts and there are plenty around to delight in!

Real winter temps, piles of snow, bright sunshine and sweet special animals to take pleasure in.

Snowy & Cute Twins

It was a very snowy visit with Mara B this morning. I didn’t even take her out of the paddock, we simply chatted and I gave her a treat.

I also visited the cute twins in the barn and even snapped a photo to share. Nanny Goat and kids were much more active today than yesterday.

The cute twins reminded me that I’m a twin! So I’m reposting an old photo of my twin David and me on the ponies we had one summer long ago.

All was beautifully white and serene at the stable when I departed.

It feels like all has been slowed down for the horses and humans alike these past few days.

Welcome Billy

How lovely it was to be back to the regular routine around the stable this afternoon. Mara and her pals were outside in their paddock when I arrived. All the horses were out and appeared calm, content and happy to be enjoying this first day of February.

From laying down in her stall, Mara does have a need for daily grooming, and I worked hard on cleaning her up.

I was determined to ride today and we did. Plus we met and enjoyed new boarder Carley and her horse Billy. Chatting with them was so pleasant that it nicely extended our ride time. Thus Mara B and I ended up with an excellent Friday afternoon together. Welcome to the barn Carley and Billy!

I’m hoping to be back to more consistent riding in the days ahead. Hello February ’19.

Dog, Birds, Bunnies + Mara

Everyone has been challenged by the extreme cold we’re experiencing including our special animals. Our pup Lindy B has required having my homemade booties on to go outside (and it takes a while to get those on and off!) I’m also feeding the birds multiple times a day.

I’m lucky to report that I have a fun caregiver gig for some bunnies and chickens this next week. Today I received my care instructions and todo list.

With the polar vortex still hanging on this was day three for Mara to be in her stall 24/7. All the stall horses are handling it well but I decided Mara B needed to go outside for a while today. My mind can go low, plus I’m very claustrophobic and I was thinking, I have such a strong need to be “out” to breathe fresh air, to physically move and to see the sun, that I felt I had to give Mara the same.

It worked out well, she rolled in the snow, trotted freely around and had a different view for thirty minutes or so. At least it made me feel better, this ‘shutdown’ has reinforced my own understanding of how much I need nature, plus my animal connections to cope when I feel closed in. Hoping you managed to find your own healthy way through the polar vortex of 2019.

Tomorrow we get to turn the calendar to February and a new month together. ☀️💛 ✌️