Mara B and I had a fun and full morning together, first activity was watching the dragging/leveling/grooming work in the outdoor arena (the indoor arena was also dragged.) Some good seasonal stable maintenance getting done.
Summer allows some of the college gals to be around during the day, so Haley and Mackenzie joined in on today’s ride! It was fun to chat with them.
Plus we had darling young friends at the barn today, we met up with Annika when we all happened to stop by to visit Barbie and her Colt.
The youngest riders added a special sweet charm to our stable time!
More special care for Mara B today! To reduce the hives, she is on a powder Benadryl type medication for a few days. I give it to her mixed with applesauce via syringe right down her throat, since she would not eat it on grain.
Mara had outdoor arena exercise time and she liked saying hi to her former paddock mates. Looking closely you can still see a few raised hives on her rump.
But it’s the biting flies and insects we hope to reduce or eliminate now with the fly boots she is wearing. We want to limit her stomping to keep flies away, because stomping at flies damages horses hooves, and with horses wearing shoes it’s a more common practice for them to wear fly boots. Hopefully they will be comfortable as well as beneficial and she’ll keep them on.
Mara and I were pleased to meet up with Nena and Nyles and Alanna and Allegro for a great ride to the Kinnickinnic (Kinni for short) River this afternoon.
The horses were awesome, they each enjoyed playing in the water and Alanna had us even walking up stream! Which was a fun new first for Mara B and me.
A good start to a summer of riding.
Maura G greatly assisted me with a very busy and focused saddle search yesterday. We found a used saddle online, picked it up, tried it out, and really liked it, so I purchased it to be Mara Bs new saddle! Fortunately many factors all came together, so today Mara B and I had our first ride in it.
Saddle fit is critical and an art I have learned, it must fit both horse and rider. I had naively been “clothes pinning” or pinching her withers with the other saddle I was using ☹️ Mara is moving out so much more comfortably now. So after our warmup in the outdoor arena we headed out around the stable grounds and to the lower cow pasture.
This gorgeous flowering tree was our additional extra special treat to enjoy along with our new saddle comfort!
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.
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.
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.