Waiting

This mornings theme at the Barn was “waiting.” Mara was waiting for me to arrive, her paddock neighbors were waiting for their new bale of hay to be put in place, and a few horses seem to be waiting for blankets to be removed and replaced! All agreed though, we’re just waiting for Spring to get here. However, after all the waiting, Mara B and I did have very good inside time together!

Stall Horses Stay In

An April blizzard has found us today! Jay and I had an early visit with Mara this morning to beat the heavy snow that’s coming. The stall horses were kept in for the day because of the predicted heavy snowfall and powerful winds. The Barn had the feel of real warmth and energy, the stalls were being cleaned, the sleet was hitting the roof and Mara enjoyed some food, grooming and time to dry off. Our walk back to her paddock was quick to minimize our time in the wind and snow. Mara B made a quick dash to the shelter when we took off her halter.

Boot Change

Time to change my boots! So today I switched from wearing winter boots to muck boots. Mara B and two of her pals were relaxing together when I arrived early this morning to beat a predicted late spring snow storm. Mara and I just had grooming and ground games in the indoor arena together and took the day “off” as a snow day! On our way back to her paddock we saw the pasture horses in their upper pasture hunkered down for the weather that’s supposedly on it’s way. Hopefully Mara B can hang on to her place in the shelter tonight.

Cats and Cow Pasture

Mara and I enjoy the three Barn cats and they all joined us again for our grooming and food time this morning. After cleaning Mara as best I could, we then headed to the Cow Pasture and rode along the fence line and hiked up and down some gentle slopes and inclines for Mara’s benefit!

Spring Stream

Fifty degrees this afternoon when I was with Mara, a welcome treat. There is no doubt about it, we are in the middle of mud season. After trying my best to clean her up and letting her eat. We saddled up and headed to the back corn field via the big farm equipment ‘parking space.’ I used these tractor steps as my mounting block. We then waded through this moving stream and Mara sniffed the water and dabbled her hoof in it, an effective way to clean her feet and lower legs.

Meet Phoenix

Phoenix and Anna rode out with us this afternoon, we all had a good walk to Sam’s and then around a bit of the hay field. The sunshine appeared, the wind was calm and we only had to maneuver mud and water puddles. The snow is disappearing and we are looking forward to some longer outings.

Action

From the Capital to the paddock Jay and I saw a lot of action and energy today! The horses in Mara’s paddock were charging around when we arrived. A game of chase went on and on between Mara, Gus, SeaB and Rosie and we enjoyed watching the action. When there was a break from the chasing we brought Mara in for some quiet loving attention, food and grooming.

March Messes

Mara was a mess! And a conscientious boarder also addressed the messes in the stable with this message on the chalk board today! March has simply brought us mud, dirt and messes now. I did not even attempt to groom Mara because she was wet/damp and there was not much I was going to accomplish. We had connection time over her food and good conversation with Barn pals. Remember, Mara B is a real horse, she lives outside and she loves to roll.

Cat Nap & Cow Pasture

Mara B was resting comfortably when I arrived at the barn today, I don’t catch her laying down all that often. I slowly got her to get up and I then had a half clean half wet/dirty horse to groom. We had a stroll around the cow pasture for our ride time and enjoyed covering the patches of snowless ground. It was good to have a new perspective plus the promise of more snow melt ahead.

Transitions

Mara and I saw the transition from deep snow spots, and a few icy patches to mud and melted puddles of water on today’s outing. Mara continues to be ouchy on her right front leg so we took it easy and just walked around the stable and a close neighborhood stretch. I added in Peanut at the water tank today because I always enjoy seeing him when I greet Mara B in her paddock.