It was a very cold morning visit with Mara B today. The temperature was seven when I arrived and the horses were still eating breakfast.
Ice chunks were scattered around the paddock water troughs, signs of the morning chore crew clearing the ice cover.
Mara and I spent our time together in the indoor arena to be in the morning light that was shining through. The closed up barn feels dark and cold these winter days.
I groomed and moved and fed Mara B and we stayed very comfortable.
Actually the horses thick coats do feel warm when they are in the sunshine. We both decided we will enjoy the warm days ahead.
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.
Mara and I rode out this afternoon with both Brutus and Bo in tow. Very fun to follow them and to watch them go in and out of the woods ahead of us.
When I was a young rider my favorite barn dog was named Jumbo and he rode miles with us. Today’s ride reminded me of Jumbo and the fun of trail riding with good dogs along.
Here’s the field side of Mara’s paddock, her horse friends were relaxing this afternoon when we returned home.
The last day of November provided us with a delightful ride.
Fun to have Peter home so he could visit Mara B today!
Peter, Mara and I experienced many out of the ordinary Barn activities this afternoon. Thanksgiving weekend hunters were heard and visible off in the surrounding fields which had the horses curious and on alert.
Then Eve and Dave were covering their horse trailer which got Mara’s attention.
Peter captured creative photos for us too, some of which appear in today’s post.
Mara and I love when Peter visits.