Saddle Sore & Sundance

Maura was with Mara when she saw the Vet today and Mara’s hoof issues are greatly improved. It was determined that her back issues are due to her saddle fit. The prescribed fix is to use a saddle pad with gel pockets. I will get this new pad ASAP, as there is no riding until we do. Many thanks to Maura G. for the wonderful assistance.

Since Jay and I were enjoying Sundance where we even spotted Robert Redford!


Mara has been tender footed and less willing to trot off and to move out recently. Because she has already had a case of laminitis two years ago, I was concerned and feeling that something was “off.”

So today she had a Vet check and it was confirmed that she is dealing with another bout of Laminitis. A blood test, exam and hoof check now have us on a rehabilitation treatment program moving forward. Mara was given pain medication (daily for the next four weeks ) and we will wait approximately three days for the results of the blood tests. A real bummer, however we are on our improvement plan and looking for good results for her.

Spring Vet Visit

Mara B recognized Dr Toby this afternoon! She knows the drill and today it was spring shots for Mara B. Plus Dr Toby checked her teeth to determine if they need to be floated, however we will wait until fall on her teeth. So we had lots of grooming and chatting with Barn pals, and the Vet check as our main activities today. Then we did ride around close to the stable but had quite a brisk and cool breeze so kept it rather short.

Fall Vet Visit 

We had the first snow and Dr Toby’s fall visit this morning. Mara B was staying as dry as possible in the shelter when I arrived. I sat on the bench, let Mara eat, she had her fall shots and headed back to her paddock. Weather does play into our horse time, and today’s weather was simply not conducive to great horse time.

Special Treat & Special Task 

Today at the barn was about the special things that happen that do not involve riding. Melodee gave me this special gift and Mara had a special task!  We loaded Mara B into the trailer, to help load a horse that needed a ride to the Vet clinic but did not feel like loading. (It worked!) Special friends make our day special like the special horses we love, and I’m grateful.

Fast ride and a visit with the Vet

Today Mara and I enjoyed our fastest ride to date going out with Cindy and Jackie who ride Icelandic horses. They tolted and I cantered a fast loop around the Meyer’s farm, a fun outing! Then Dr Toby saw Mara B for her fall shots and checkup.