Pristine New Snow

Mara B was resting with Rosie when I arrived and her coat was a bit icy stiff from the fresh snow fall. After grooming and saddling her up I let her burn off energy in the indoor arena, and she enjoyed the freedom and space to dash about. We then headed out for a walk around the stable grounds and made our way through beautiful deep pristine new snow! We even had peaks of sunshine to reflect the very bright white snow, it was dazzling.

Thawing Out

Mara and her paddock pals had frozen manes and tails this morning after yesterday’s freezing rain. So Mara B was delighted to come into the Barn with me for food, grooming and connection time and I was pleased to get back in the saddle. A cold icy day with warm bonding time for us.

Endurance Ride

Mara is starting to watch for our return while Jay and I are on a long endurance ride back . Looking forward to our sweet reunion!

R&R

Maddi tells me that Mara B is really shedding out at home. My day was for reading and relaxing, and I’m sharing my book titles with you.

Ride with Chance

Just by chance, Mara B and I were tacking up and riding at the same time as Aubrey and her horse Chance! So today’s horse time spanned the generations, highlighting the ageless fun for gals and their horses. It was a treat for us.

Shadows on Snow

Mara B and I rode in the hay field and around the stable grounds this afternoon. The bright sunshine cast beautiful snow shadows that were brilliant and sharp for us to enjoy. Deep snow, blue skies and chilly temps also topped off today’s winter ride.

Before and After

Mara had another frozen ice ball in her hoof this morning, and also had her farrier appointment today. The before photo shows the challenge for horses walking on a snow packed hoof. After her trim, her hooves were in much better shape. Mara and I both enjoyed Brian and Dillon, her friendly farriers and we rely on their talents for carrying for her feet.

Ice Balls


Continuing bitter cold has us dealing with ‘ice balls’ or ‘snow balls.’ Chunks of ice and snow accumulate on the bottom of Mara’s hooves and the build up creates the ice ball. So bringing her into the warm(ish) barn and using a hoof pick I carefully try to remove most of the packed snow and ice. Today Mara also met up with Spice in the indoor arena, however they were really mellow and didn’t play much. We’re all just looking for a warm up!

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.