Hold On

Today Cindy suggested I hold on to Mara’s mane as I walked her over the ice, since she provides four foot traction in case I slip. Great idea and it worked! I held on to Mara’s tail for the same reason as I groomed her while she ate and we enjoyed connecting.

Gretchen, an early blog follower and strong supporter is currently recovering from a fall and it’s made me nervous. (many of us have dealt with ice and slips and falls this winter.) So I’m sending out a caution to readers, let’s be careful plus sending my best wishes to GSC on a speedy recovery. We’re ready for the rain to wash away the ice…. and to be comfortable riding out on the roads again soon. As Carley and Katie did today!

It’ll be great to ride along in the days ahead.

Pal in our Tracks

Mara B and I rode in the snowy back field this afternoon and Bo joined along. However with the significant snow depths Bo let Mara blaze the trail and mostly followed in her tracks, which is not his usual routine!

We went slowly, took some rests and savored the dazzling snow and silent surroundings. Mara even felt a touch warm when I dismounted. It was refreshing to be outside on the edge of the woods and moving through such deep snow!

Food & Water

When I pulled into the stable a hay delivery was waiting to be distributed to the paddocks. This provides a great view of the amount of food necessary to feed the horses at River Brink on a continuous basis.

Mara B and I had grooming and snack time out back and really enjoyed the gorgeous sky.

However it was my observation of the water trough antics when I returned Mara to her paddock that was most notable this afternoon. I have seen this behavior between these two before, but I’m not certain what the issues are?

The sun was back out from behind the clouds and all was calm and peaceful when I departed.

Flower Time

Sunday afternoon Jay and I decided it was time to daydream about flowers. Mara B seemed to be in agreement.

We had arena time, grooming and it’s now obvious that Mara is shedding.

Sunday afternoon the pasture horses were running and playing! And we loved watching the action when we returned Mara to her paddock.

No photos of Jay darn, because he was our photographer. Today’s (Monday) visit with Mara was quiet, low key and mellow, with cold temperatures again restricting our activities.

it’s a small snowy world

March first and more snow falling! When I arrived for my afternoon visit with Mara B she was covered in snow and seemed to be waiting at the gate for me. (or so I imagined.)

We started with run around time in the indoor arena for exercise and to lose the snow off of her back.

We stopped to see the goats and Bella on our way in for hay and grooming.

The barn was very quiet with just the cats and a few horses in stalls. As I groomed Mara I realized I feel contained and confined by the ice, deep snow and cold temperatures. Preferring outside riding to indoor horse time I’m dealing with a taste of ‘cabin fever’ of sorts.

Our visit was not only snowy but also peaceful, quiet and calm and that was uplifting. Hello to March.

Barn Visit

Gabe and I ventured out this snowy afternoon to visit Mara B, Bella, Socks the cat, and the baby goats. Plenty of snow was falling and it was peaceful and pretty. First thing we noticed was Holly in the snow hollow, the effects of all the snow and wind we’ve had.

Mara enjoyed a nibble plus Gabe’s attention and antics.

We did visit Bella and the baby goats when we went in the barn, but never saw Socks. (Why? Where was he? why?) Lots of playful energy and activities for a snowy afternoon.

Following Footsteps

Mara and I rode in the back field following in the footsteps that Melodee and Rachel had blazed on their horses earlier in the afternoon. With ten inches of fresh snow yesterday, no previous trails were visible! The ride was magical with the reflection of bright sun on the deep glistening fresh snow. Bo joined us which added to the fun.

Their creative patterns and paths were delightful to observe and follow. Jennifer even caught us returning to the barn.

What a treat to ride through the fresh snow and winter wonderland on horseback.

Snow, Snack & Chat

Mara B and I enjoyed deep snow, brilliant sunshine and chatting with friends this afternoon. I groomed Mara while she snacked and I even attempted to give her a bit of a snow bath. She is shedding so I was covered in white hair.

We played in the deep snow and basked in the sun light.

I also had a fun surprise from Jennifer who had found ‘Mara Mugs’ on her recent trip and was so dear to get a pair of them for Jay and me! Special, sweet and appreciated.

Mara, Jay and I are blessed with our wonderful Barn pals, who enrich our days.

Snow Trail

Wonderful to be back with Mara B this afternoon! I said hello to her gave her a warm hug, barely groomed her, and quickly saddled up to join Carley and Billy on a ride out.

A Beautiful still afternoon to ride through the gorgeous new snow. The horses were fabulous and I thank Carley for some fun photos to share. A favorite picture I captured on our ride, was Billy’s long beautiful tail dragging in the fresh snow.

Enjoying the peaceful winter beauty on horseback, was a special treat today.

Sand for some & Snow for others

We headed to the sand beaches and left Mara B behind in the snow. Before we left we brightened Mara’s day with a sunflower and lots of love.

Walking the beach today we came upon a different sort of ride.

This ride was being used by a group of guys fishing for shark (catch and release). A fun group of friends enjoying each other and the beautiful seashore. They engaged us warmly, we talked and learned about their fishing techniques and friendship. We left them with the one Benjamin coin I had in my pocket. A pleasant chance encounter.

Following are a few additional photos from our beach stroll home.

Missing Ms Mara but not the snow!