Pristine New Snow

Mara B was resting with Rosie when I arrived and her coat was a bit icy stiff from the fresh snow fall. After grooming and saddling her up I let her burn off energy in the indoor arena, and she enjoyed the freedom and space to dash about. We then headed out for a walk around the stable grounds and made our way through beautiful deep pristine new snow! We even had peaks of sunshine to reflect the very bright white snow, it was dazzling.

Thawing Out

Mara and her paddock pals had frozen manes and tails this morning after yesterday’s freezing rain. So Mara B was delighted to come into the Barn with me for food, grooming and connection time and I was pleased to get back in the saddle. A cold icy day with warm bonding time for us.

Triple S

Sun, sand and sea for me today while Mara B enjoys Maddi and our paddock friends at home. Mara gets to try some new connections while I stride along the salty sea with Joe and Jay this week. A change of routine and rituals for both of us.

Before and After

Mara had another frozen ice ball in her hoof this morning, and also had her farrier appointment today. The before photo shows the challenge for horses walking on a snow packed hoof. After her trim, her hooves were in much better shape. Mara and I both enjoyed Brian and Dillon, her friendly farriers and we rely on their talents for carrying for her feet.

Rosie + Peanut 


Rosie is the new horse in Mara’s paddock and the two mares have been ignoring each other! Peanut the popular stable pony happened to be in the barn this afternoon and we learned that he is 22 years old! It’s always fun to say hi to Peanut. Mara and I spent our time in the indoor arena stretching and moving and then she had some food and grooming. Special cat JAC (aka Socks) who often keeps us company joined us again today, and we like that. These pals warmed us up on one more very cold day.

Jump Game


For a little change of pace today Mara and I “played” in the indoor arena with a tiny jump. Mara and I both got our exercise, I was on the chase and Mara B enjoyed the avoidance challenge. However she did successfully go over it a few times and she was able to move fast and free for amusement and sport. It’s refreshing to get off the rock hard icy paddock ground.

Left at the Gate


Mara B left me at the paddock gate and walked herself to the barn this morning, that was a first! I met her in the shelter, we enjoyed our greeting rituals and regular exit from her paddock and then she left me standing there as I was closing the gate and hooking the latch. We both are independent souls and know our routines well I guess, however she did surprise me. It was very cold but we had warm connections with arena time, grooming time and socializing time with Barn pals.

Routines 


Mara and I had a routine visit today, routine in the sense that our time together does generally follow a pattern. Greetings in the paddock, arena time for her to get some exercise, grooming and cleaning her hoofs plus she always has a bite to eat. Our Barn cats are also a part of the daily routines, they also, always want me to give them some food. Temps this morning were back to too cold to do much else.

Early Visit 


Mara B and I met up early this morning in order to miss the predicted heavy snowfall. We had relaxed arena time, flexing and lunging and I even hopped on bareback again. Snow was just starting to fall as Mara B returned to her paddock. Now we probably have six inches of new snow! Hopefully the herd is huddled together in the shelter.

Happy New Year 


We thank you for visiting Mara Moments and sharing some time with us. Mara B and I wish you peace, good health and happy trails in 2018. Blessings to you in the new year. Helen