Following Footsteps

Mara and I rode in the back field following in the footsteps that Melodee and Rachel had blazed on their horses earlier in the afternoon. With ten inches of fresh snow yesterday, no previous trails were visible! The ride was magical with the reflection of bright sun on the deep glistening fresh snow. Bo joined us which added to the fun.

Their creative patterns and paths were delightful to observe and follow. Jennifer even caught us returning to the barn.

What a treat to ride through the fresh snow and winter wonderland on horseback.

Snow Trail

Wonderful to be back with Mara B this afternoon! I said hello to her gave her a warm hug, barely groomed her, and quickly saddled up to join Carley and Billy on a ride out.

A Beautiful still afternoon to ride through the gorgeous new snow. The horses were fabulous and I thank Carley for some fun photos to share. A favorite picture I captured on our ride, was Billy’s long beautiful tail dragging in the fresh snow.

Enjoying the peaceful winter beauty on horseback, was a special treat today.

Valentine’s Views

Valentine’s Day is a celebration of the heart and positive feelings we share with our family and friends. Mara B and I include our followers among our special friends and today we want thank you for riding along with us 💛

Sending our wish to you for a Happy Valentine’s Day.

A simple thank you with a lot of 💛

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.

Stabilicers and Icelandics

With all the ice under foot at the stable, I was definitely glad I wore my Stabilicers for today’s visit with Mara B. Jay surprised me with them and they’ve turned out to be fabulous winter traction ice cleats that keep me from falling. I truly appreciated them today, thank you Jay!

Cindy and Eve had the Icelandic horses playing in the indoor arena and invited Mara to join in the horse play. It was pretty thrilling for her and allowed her to run, jump and chase on solid, safe ground. All the action happened so fast it was difficult to take photos, but you get the idea here. Thanks friends.

Snow was just starting to fall when I returned Mara to her paddock.

And continues falling covering us in quiet white beauty.

Warm Up and Stretch

Fun to see Julie, Maisy and Skeeter out on the road enjoying the warmup this afternoon. Julie lives down the road from River Brink and owns Barbie and baby Cha-Ching as well.

With the warm up and Jay as photographer, here are a few highlights of Mara B and Stormy (with Marina) stretching their legs too.

Thank you for hiking along with us Jay. Wow, what a treat to have a mild day and to ride out!

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.

Polar (vortex) & (pony) Pearl

Yes, it’s dangerously cold here today. Yes, I visited Mara B late this morning, the drive to the stable was fine, the car thermometer was negative 22.

The fabulous morning chore crew (Pat, Maddi and Mitch) were still working hard when I arrived. All chores were completed with horses in their stalls, keeping doors closed as much as possible no tractor in and out to haul the manure, it was all removed by carrying muck buckets to the door. No tractor was used to bring in the fresh stall bedding, it was hauled in with muscle. Thank you wonderful chore crew team! Mara B and her pal Spice had arena time, I had grooming/bonding time with Mara and she warmed up my heart.

But enough about the polar vortex and the ‘stay inside’ instructions. Please let me introduce you to a Mara Moments follower instead of continuing to discuss the weather. (I’m hoping it’s a little more fun) Here is faithful blog follower and special friend given by nature, my niece Laura. Laura was lucky to have backyard horses when she was growing up! Pony, Pearl was a real cutie and I remember Pearl too.

Yes, Laura trimmed Pearl’s forelock and mane, and you guessed it, her tail too! That’s what little girls do sometimes. Laura and her daughters no longer have a ‘real’ horse of their own, but they enjoy riding along with Mara B and me. Thanks for riding with us!

I hope you are tucked in, and in a warm place ☀️ spring arrives soon I’ve heard.

Gates are Open

As of midday today the paddock gates are open because the stall horses had been tucked back in to their stalls (they were outside all morning) to help keep the barn temperature above freezing for the next 24 hours.

Our weekend was cold but the arctic blast arrives tonight. Here are a few highlights from our weekend visits with Mara B. Jay had some good horse time both Saturday and Sunday!

I just sat around while Jay groomed and cleaned up Mara B.

Today when I arrived heaters had been on in the barn, Sandi was around and Mara B and I had a little free time together in the indoor arena

Leaving Mara B in her stall when I departed was an oddity for both of us. Everyone reading this post please stay warm and stay safe tonight whatever your weather. Luckily the horses at the barn all seemed to be handling this weather just fine.