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.
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.