Out On The Road!

Mara B and I had a great afternoon with Jay today! Riding down the road to Sam’s was a treat. Jay groomed Mara plus hiked along with us as photographer. Enjoy his photos and our spring views.

The afternoon sunshine, mild temperatures and no wind was delightful.

Mara, Jay and I believe spring has arrived.

“May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, may good luck pursue you each morning and night.” Spring brings us hope, happy Saint Patrick’s Day to all our lovely followers. 🍀

Winter Shag

Today I decided it’s time to trim off the winter shag, called feathering on Mara’s fetlocks. Our ice is turning to mud and slush and the cold temperatures are hopefully behind us, this will be a wonderful springtime rite of passage for us.

Our afternoon together included the regular line up for Mara to have some hay, grooming and moving.

We also observed more geese plus the open water in the back field.

March winds kept us close to home.

Hold On

Today Cindy suggested I hold on to Mara’s mane as I walked her over the ice, since she provides four foot traction in case I slip. Great idea and it worked! I held on to Mara’s tail for the same reason as I groomed her while she ate and we enjoyed connecting.

Gretchen, an early blog follower and strong supporter is currently recovering from a fall and it’s made me nervous. (many of us have dealt with ice and slips and falls this winter.) So I’m sending out a caution to readers, let’s be careful plus sending my best wishes to GSC on a speedy recovery. We’re ready for the rain to wash away the ice…. and to be comfortable riding out on the roads again soon. As Carley and Katie did today!

It’ll be great to ride along in the days ahead.

Soundscape

Mara B and I generally like the volume low and we appreciate the sounds of silence when we are out in nature. Today we rode in the arena due to icy footing and listened to ice dripping and ice sliding off the roof. We had the garage door open for some light. Mara wanted to trot and move which felt good to both of us.

Sunday Jay visited and we faced ice and windy conditions.

Today writing about soundscapes made me want to share a book title with you, if you feel you may appreciate the quiet lane too, I think you’ll value my new favorite book.

I think Mara would be a fan of “Silence: In the Age of Noise” too.

Julie’s Four

Mara B met up with Brian her farrier this morning, Mara was in the lineup after neighbor Julie’s four horses. The interesting part of this story is that Julie lives about 1/2 mile from River Brink and she hand walked her four horses and two dogs to the stable for the appointment. So while Brian trimmed up Mara I caught a few photos of Julie’s exit. (notice how big baby Cha-Ching is.)

It’s fun to observe a competent horsewoman in action. Mara and I also headed out through the snow once again and had a very pleasant ride.

Mara B marches right through the deep snow providing me with a lovely excursion!

Food & Water

When I pulled into the stable a hay delivery was waiting to be distributed to the paddocks. This provides a great view of the amount of food necessary to feed the horses at River Brink on a continuous basis.

Mara B and I had grooming and snack time out back and really enjoyed the gorgeous sky.

However it was my observation of the water trough antics when I returned Mara to her paddock that was most notable this afternoon. I have seen this behavior between these two before, but I’m not certain what the issues are?

The sun was back out from behind the clouds and all was calm and peaceful when I departed.

Flower Time

Sunday afternoon Jay and I decided it was time to daydream about flowers. Mara B seemed to be in agreement.

We had arena time, grooming and it’s now obvious that Mara is shedding.

Sunday afternoon the pasture horses were running and playing! And we loved watching the action when we returned Mara to her paddock.

No photos of Jay darn, because he was our photographer. Today’s (Monday) visit with Mara was quiet, low key and mellow, with cold temperatures again restricting our activities.

it’s a small snowy world

March first and more snow falling! When I arrived for my afternoon visit with Mara B she was covered in snow and seemed to be waiting at the gate for me. (or so I imagined.)

We started with run around time in the indoor arena for exercise and to lose the snow off of her back.

We stopped to see the goats and Bella on our way in for hay and grooming.

The barn was very quiet with just the cats and a few horses in stalls. As I groomed Mara I realized I feel contained and confined by the ice, deep snow and cold temperatures. Preferring outside riding to indoor horse time I’m dealing with a taste of ‘cabin fever’ of sorts.

Our visit was not only snowy but also peaceful, quiet and calm and that was uplifting. Hello to March.

J&J @ the Snow pile

Mara B and I met up with Jackie and Leo and Jennifer and Bella at the snow pile behind the indoor arena this afternoon. Trust me we have more snow than we need around River Brink these days.

The winter conditions have been rather challenging but are not keeping us from our wonderful horses! Jackie, thank you for being the photographer for us today.

Mara B and I are looking forward to some March melting.

Gabe and the Sled

What’s more fun than a four year old boy! Mara B and I had a wonderful visit with Kathryn and Gabe this afternoon.

The cats, goats and horses were all fun, but the sled ride behind Mara B was a blast. The paddock horses were very curious!

We all had a fun afternoon adventure together. Thanks for the photos Kathryn.And Gabe gets to stay for the week!