Hope For The Day.org

Welcome to 2019, we would like to start the year by introducing you to hftd.org. Hope For The Day is an organization shattering the silence of stigma around mental health and suicide.

Mara Moments is a therapy for my own mental health/emotional wellness, as much as it is for sharing Mara B as a therapy horse with others. Thus I feel it’s important to start this new year with highlighting the difficult topic of suicide and the importance of talking about mental health issues.

Jay and I have become hftd.org “Agents of Impact” and want to make our readers aware of this organization. We hope you investigate it further or share information about it with others who may benefit at the start of this new year.

Wishing you and yours peace when things are uneasy, growth in the unfinished and wellness in the becoming, ahead of us in 2019.

Happy New Year

Sincerely, Helen

Crisp & Creamy Light

The sun was low in the sky and really beautiful when we arrived to see Mara B this afternoon. Jay said it looked like “creamy light.” It is still very icy and very crisp but we had a nice warm visit with Ms Mara. She was delighted to see Jay.

We all appreciated that the ice had been covered with sand for better footing leading into the arena.

First thing we did was to let Mara move about in the indoor arena. Her game is to head straight for the camera person! Although she doesn’t intimidate us she does come within an inch or so.

After grooming her and giving her a bit of hay we returned her to her paddock and loved the warm glow of the setting sun.

May you also enjoy a warm glow as we end 2018.

Gifts & Hot Water

It was so nice to visit Mara B yesterday, however she was soaked from all the cold freezing rain.

Today I needed to pour hot water over the gate latch because it was frozen and I couldn’t open the snap to take Mara out of her paddock!

Ice has now unfortunately covered everything.

We used the same warm water trick when I returned her to the paddock after our visit this afternoon.

Mara B was delighted to come in for some tasty hay and grooming and she had free arena time to dash about. I also told her about some Christmas gifts I received! Maura G had beautifully cleaned and conditioned our saddle, bridle and my riding boots while I was gone! How sweet was that.

And Jay gave me a selfie stick, oh my, I’m not into selfies, but his idea is for me to try it for some new picture angles for the blog! Stay tuned, we’ll see if it works. And oh, please pass on any of your own ideas to me for ways to improve Mara Moments. I value and appreciate any and all input that’s offered.

Mara B actually did not feel like going back out when I was returning her to the paddock after our visit, she stopped and hesitated at the back door. That’s unusual for her but it felt sort of sweet to me, like she wasn’t ready for our time together to end.

The true inner thoughts of a horse gal who loves her horse.

Fancy Lookalikes

Mara was pleased to see Jay this afternoon.

Then we met up with Suzy Q, Mara’s fancy Paint lookalike in the indoor arena. Greg and Suzy Q were very pleasant, however Mara did not win Miss Congeniality.

Mara did however enjoy her Saturday grooming, nibble and warmup time with us and we did enjoy her. Because we love her so.

Cat/Cleanup/Compliant

Today when I went to bring Mara B in, JAC (aka: Socks) marched right out to her paddock with me! It’s always a fun treat to have that extra special companionship at the barn.

While Mara nibbled on hay I spent a good deal of time really cleaning her up, and she needed it.

I wanted to let her have free ‘run around’ time in the indoor arena, however I was not able to pull the side door down. Instead I set up a little barrier, and she was very compliant and respectful of it. So Mara did get to dash about and expend her energy while I enjoyed seeing how she respected the blockade!

I had some pleasant human horse/cat/dog interactions this Monday afternoon.

Two Classics

Today’s post is spotlighting faithful Mara Moments follower, Uncle Raymond. Jay and I visited Raymond this weekend and enjoyed seeing the horse he lives with! His horse is from the frieze of the Parthenon in Athen’s Greece. Thanks for riding along with us Ray!

Mara B and I have had two great rides, yesterday and today so we’re sharing a few highlights from both of them here.

Sunday afternoon we had some lovely sun angles to enjoy.

Today we noticed how bare the trees really are now. However our big observation was the new deer stand on wheels. Plus we stopped to say hello to Barbie and Cha Ching on our way back home.

Cha Ching is friendly and really growing!

Happy Trails to all our followers.

Under the Canopy

Mara B and I started today’s ride time in the arena trotting patterns around the barrels and we practiced opening the gate.

We ventured back up to the cow pasture next and felt like we were under a canopy of trees, apples and dense bushes. Other than to many bugs and tall tall weeds it’s really magical up there.

Many varieties of red apples plus a few beautiful butterflies caught our eye.

A pleasant Friday afternoon excursion with Mara B.

Lesson Fun & Horsey Lunch

Alicia, Abby, Olivia and Annamaria had riding lessons with Alanna and Allegro this morning! Honey joined Mara to receive special grooming, braiding of their manes and tails and plenty of loving attention from our visitors.

Riding was fun for everyone!

And lunch with the horses very amusing!

The horses joined in on the conversation and liked eating watermelon and grapes. Some real good girl/horse/barn fun!

Chiropractic Acupuncture Appointment

Mara and I had a wonderful ride to the river and back with friends before meeting Dr. Ed at the barn this morning.

Then it was Mara’s first ever chiropractic/acupuncture ‘adjustment ‘ treatment. The process was very interesting, lasted about 40 minuets and she caught on that we were only treating her to help her feel well.

Licking, chewing and comfortable sighs from Mara B resulted. It was a little extra special tune up for her to keep her feeling her best.