Girls & Boys

River Brink is predominantly a female stable, so it was an unusual visit today to have Larry, Brian and Greg as our only Barn companions! I don’t ever recall that happening before. Brutus was playing his in and out the door game and Mara B and Rosie seem to be on the same ‘girls’ team in their paddock now. Our ride time was in the indoor arena again due to the ice. Overall, boys and girls had a pleasant afternoon together.

Valentine Hello

Sharing a favorite Instagram post and a sweet glance from Ms Mara with you this Valentine’s Day. We love our Mara Moments followers đź’› please be our valentine.

Venturing Out

Not sure if Mara B ventured out to far from the round bale today. However we had great hiking adventures here, seeing fishermen, sun worshipers and rolling waves. We’re enjoying the sea spray and Mara is enjoying her time off.

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.

Jump Game


For a little change of pace today Mara and I “played” in the indoor arena with a tiny jump. Mara and I both got our exercise, I was on the chase and Mara B enjoyed the avoidance challenge. However she did successfully go over it a few times and she was able to move fast and free for amusement and sport. It’s refreshing to get off the rock hard icy paddock ground.

Left at the Gate


Mara B left me at the paddock gate and walked herself to the barn this morning, that was a first! I met her in the shelter, we enjoyed our greeting rituals and regular exit from her paddock and then she left me standing there as I was closing the gate and hooking the latch. We both are independent souls and know our routines well I guess, however she did surprise me. It was very cold but we had warm connections with arena time, grooming time and socializing time with Barn pals.

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!

Fur Friends/Animal Pals


My Mara B time this morning was very cold, wind chills were the issue. I found it too chilly to do much, however our paddock pals and the animal friends around River Brink did not seem to really notice.  So not a lot of moving for Ms Mara, just grooming and eating again. As I’ve said before, weather plays a major factor in my horse activities!

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!