Hello Again & a Powerhorse

Wonderful to see Mara B this afternoon! I believe she was pleased to have me back too!she certainly was in need of some grooming and clean up.

First thing I let her do was to have her ‘powerhorse’ time moving freely in the indoor arena. She had a wonderful time racing around, bucking and releasing built up energy. Icy conditions are still with us, so we need the indoor arena for the horses to safely exercise.

We all need regular exercise no matter what the weather is!

According to a Yiddish Proverb: “The wagon rests in winter, the sleigh in summer, the horse never.”

Creative Retreat

Mara B is home munching and happy to be on her own retreat.

My creative retreat away has included reading, walking and relaxing. I’m sharing the following book title and highlights from it that have inspired and motivated me for the new year ahead. Maybe you’ll find some inspiration as well.

How to share equine therapy seemed open to my own interpretations. I have enjoyed blogging about ‘equine therapy ‘ however don’t consider myself a true expert, it was just my way of sharing my healing path.

I have learned a lot by blogging and enjoy the creativity it provides me.

Mara and I are simply out on a walk together most days, simply observing nature and taking some photographs.

I have enjoyed show n tell since my grade school days at Hawthorne Elementary, and feel that Mara Moments is another form of show n tell.

Thank for joining me in my creative expressions through my blog. I appreciate you. Helen

Half Ride

Mara B and I enjoyed mild temps and sunshine this afternoon, however ice and poor footing kept us from having a good outside ride.

We needed more snow and less ice, so we cut the ride short and only had ‘half a ride’ which was less than satisfying. It was fun though for us to enjoy pals, the pups and fresh air.

Warmer temps are predicted, so we will be back out again tomorrow and hopefully conditions improve. Mara and I are both ready for a great ride “out.”

Crisp & Creamy Light

The sun was low in the sky and really beautiful when we arrived to see Mara B this afternoon. Jay said it looked like “creamy light.” It is still very icy and very crisp but we had a nice warm visit with Ms Mara. She was delighted to see Jay.

We all appreciated that the ice had been covered with sand for better footing leading into the arena.

First thing we did was to let Mara move about in the indoor arena. Her game is to head straight for the camera person! Although she doesn’t intimidate us she does come within an inch or so.

After grooming her and giving her a bit of hay we returned her to her paddock and loved the warm glow of the setting sun.

May you also enjoy a warm glow as we end 2018.

Gifts & Hot Water

It was so nice to visit Mara B yesterday, however she was soaked from all the cold freezing rain.

Today I needed to pour hot water over the gate latch because it was frozen and I couldn’t open the snap to take Mara out of her paddock!

Ice has now unfortunately covered everything.

We used the same warm water trick when I returned her to the paddock after our visit this afternoon.

Mara B was delighted to come in for some tasty hay and grooming and she had free arena time to dash about. I also told her about some Christmas gifts I received! Maura G had beautifully cleaned and conditioned our saddle, bridle and my riding boots while I was gone! How sweet was that.

And Jay gave me a selfie stick, oh my, I’m not into selfies, but his idea is for me to try it for some new picture angles for the blog! Stay tuned, we’ll see if it works. And oh, please pass on any of your own ideas to me for ways to improve Mara Moments. I value and appreciate any and all input that’s offered.

Mara B actually did not feel like going back out when I was returning her to the paddock after our visit, she stopped and hesitated at the back door. That’s unusual for her but it felt sort of sweet to me, like she wasn’t ready for our time together to end.

The true inner thoughts of a horse gal who loves her horse.

Hoot n Happenings

Hopefully Mara B is looking for me, I’m looking forward to seeing her again soon. Maura G has been taking great care of her while I’m away and has told us that Mara has been superb.

I had some time with Hoot, a Great Gray Owl and a star in the Harry Potter movies. He played Errol in all the movies. A special experience for me.

Following are a few more happenings from our time “away” out west to share with you.

Wishing you peace and calm today.

Solstice

Mara B is home for the Winter Solstice.

We are “away” for the Solstice embracing its promise of coming light. The ritual of the Christmas holiday “away” helps our family make space for the grief of missing Benjamin. The early years after Benjamin’s death when I felt like I could not keep my head above water it was a relief to get away. Now, eight years later maybe it’s our new normal?

(quote by: Andrea Gibson)

Now I know that when we make space for grief, we open our hearts to healing, and I want to share the importance of that. We all miss someone, a grandparent, a parent, a child, a sibling, a spouse, or partner, a friend, or a pet. Today our family is “away” together remembering Benjamin, and honoring nature’s pause in a quiet way.

Mara B and I wish all of our followers a peaceful Christmas/Holiday season.

May we each move towards what lights up our heart. 💛 Helen

Some Wind & December Pumpkins

Mara felt great today, there was some wind but mild temps so off we went on a power walk to Sam’s. Mara really enjoyed stretching her legs.

Retuning to the barn then we rode the back field, our go to spot lately where we’ve been watching the composting pumpkins disappear more and more each day.

Mara had a farrier appointment with Brian to wrap up our afternoon, we had a nice human/horse day together.

Reindeer Chat

Mara B and I chatted about Santa’s reindeer with Landon and Lorrie today. Landon also treated Mara to a nibble of hay and some sweet pats!

No ride time today though because when I lunged Mara I saw her limping at the trot. Darn, we rode out yesterday with no issues so I’m not certain what happened. I gave her some Bute, a snack and a clean up then just hand walked her down the driveway. She is favoring her front left leg and it seems like a shoulder strain to me. So Mara rested and I hand walked a friends horse who is in on stall rest.

Time with these two was pleasant even without saddling up Mara and riding out.

Back Field & Seabatical

I kissed Mara B goodbye and left her to relax, watch the back field and have fun with her girlfriend Spice for a few days.

We all deserve a change of routine and some down time, so I’m riding with Joe this week, while Mara is enjoying her own time “off.”

Here are a few highlights from my walks to share.

Birds and fun, creative decorations!

“Time wasted at the beach is time well spent.”