Mara B had a warm sunny spot in the shelter this morning! Jay joined Mara in her warm spot and then did grooming and ground work with her today. My warm spot was sitting bareback on Ms Mara, nice insulation. We all walked around and Jay was our photographer again. Time to look for our next warm spot. ☀️
Wearing winter riding boots now, but they fit in the stirrups and keep my feet warm. Today Mara was happy to be hanging out at the round bale when I arrived. We spent our ride time in the arena and embraced skills and circles. Pleasant to be in the saddle and not pushing much as far as expectations.
Brutus is modeling winter wear! When I visited Mara today my outerwear included snow pants plus a face mask to wear under my wool hat. Mara goes without a blanket as she has always been an outside horse and her warm furry coat keeps her toasty. Mara had free excerise time in the indoor arena this afternoon as our main activity and she had plenty of energy. The paddocks are icy so I like to let her move freely in the arena on days like this.
Mara B and I covered some ground this afternoon. We rode the road to Sam’s and saw them baling hay, which seems late to me. Returned to the Barn and then walked through the back cornfield to the edge of the neighboring stable and returned on the trail along the woods. Good riding conditions and a relaxed horse made for a pleasant outing.
Starting in the round pen for Mara to stretch her legs and expend energy has been working well for us lately, it’s what we did today. Then we headed up to the cow pasture and found the new addition which signals big changes for our outings. Riding up and then back down from the cow pasture is good excerise for Mara and I like the views. A good ride for us, cool temps but calm winds.
Fun full morning for us today. Starting in the round pen, Mara had real energy to expend. Then Hannah needed an assist with catching a horse and jumped on Mara to work with her as a wrangler. It was fun to watch and Mara was great at the job, however M&H did not prevail (this time). We concluded our morning together with a relaxing ride around some of the dairy loop. A good horse day.
Mara and walked to Sam’s this afternoon and the corn fields are now plowed fields. We enjoyed sunshine and clear skies. It seemed warmer outside than in the barn, but the heat is now on! Preparing to tack up I start in the bathroom these days to use the heat in there to warm up Mara’s bit. Just one of those seasonal changes brought on by the cold temps.
After losing a very special medal that was a saddle charm, I was blessed with a mini miracle of finding it a week later. The saddle now has new charms that are tied on with extra care. We enjoy having them along on our rides. Mara had grooming and arena excerise this afternoon and Jay joined us for the fun.