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.

College Friends & Young Friends

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!

Stop the Stoppin

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.

To the Kinni

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.

A New Seat

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 โ˜น๏ธ 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!

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.

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.