Sweet Visit

Mara B was lucky to meet “Aunts” (and followers) Beth and Kay today! They were sweet visitors and great groomers. We all enjoyed the horse time plus the beautiful warm weather together. Mara B and I then rode across M to Swedish Mission Road for our outing. Mara gave me a little spring spin around on the way back, not sure why? There were no “issues” so we regrouped and calmly continued on our way. Spring riding can tend to be a bit of starting over again….

Up Around & Down

Mara and I had good ride time together today! First, to the top of the cow pasture, two deer joined us coming from the corn field, we watched them jump into the lower cow pasture and dart up to the top ahead of us. We then circled around the upper pasture and appreciated the views, and were impressed to see the beautiful oak leaves that had hung on all through the winter. Our ride continued down the road to Sam’s and on the way home we met another walker who we said hello to and chatted with. It felt like Spring!

New Spring Views

Mara and I had an energizing morning ride with Alanna and Allegro today. We rode through the Meyer Farm and went off the field road to walk the fence line between their pasture and corn field. Providing us some new views because we had not been over here since late last fall. We observed turkeys along the way, greeted the cows in the feedlot and enjoyed the long views of the power lines.

Wind/Energy/Farrier

Lots of energy around the stable today! The wind was blowing and many horses were very energetic in their paddocks. Mara and I headed up the cow pasture hill and she gave me a big spin around, I decided to get off and to hand walk her past the “issue.” I did remount and rode back with no further problem, but I feel the day, the weather, the energy field simply had the horses “up.” We also had a farrier appointment and then when I was grooming Mara at the end of our time together, a horse got loose and ran out of its paddock gate when another horse was being taken out. I was able to grab the loose gal and quickly returned her to her paddock. Looking for a calmer day tomorrow and returning to our usually peaceful pace.

15 MPH

This afternoon Mara and I rode to the Meyers, and I always like seeing their speed limit sign! 15MPH is probably about our speed most days, which fits us both very well. Mara was great and our time together relaxing, good to be in sync.

Ride with Bella

Jennifer and Bella and Mara and I enjoyed a ride down the road together this afternoon. It was a very pleasant stroll with sunshine, mild temps and light wind. It felt so good to let the horses stretch their legs on an outside ride. Mara even felt a bit warm when we returned to the barn.

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!

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.

Winter Snow Rides


My wonderful photographer Peter joined us this afternoon and hiked along on our ride! We relished the quiet beautiful snow covered trails together. Returning to the Barn, Mara B enjoyed practicing pulling the sled and then gave Larry an adventure! A very fun winter horse day. Thanks Peter.