Saturday Visit

Lots of snow dominated today’s horse time! Mara B practiced being tied and waiting patiently for me before our arena ride. Then Jay and I walked her through some deep snow on the return to her paddock. Mara closed her eyes as you can see, she’s had plenty of snow now I guess and so have we.

Pristine New Snow

Mara B was resting with Rosie when I arrived and her coat was a bit icy stiff from the fresh snow fall. After grooming and saddling her up I let her burn off energy in the indoor arena, and she enjoyed the freedom and space to dash about. We then headed out for a walk around the stable grounds and made our way through beautiful deep pristine new snow! We even had peaks of sunshine to reflect the very bright white snow, it was dazzling.

Crunchy/Slippery

Mara and I tried to ride out this afternoon but conditions forced us to spend the majority of our time together in the indoor arena. Despite sunshine and no wind the very crunchy deep snow and icy footing was not comfortable for us. We stayed close to the Barn area for a short attempt to ride “out” but then returned to the indoor to trot circles. We do want to ride safely.

Thawing Out

Mara and her paddock pals had frozen manes and tails this morning after yesterday’s freezing rain. So Mara B was delighted to come into the Barn with me for food, grooming and connection time and I was pleased to get back in the saddle. A cold icy day with warm bonding time for us.

Ice Bound

So fun to meet up with Mara B yesterday! We all enjoyed saying hello to Julie’s adorable new pup too. However a winter weather advisory for very icy road conditions kept me from actually visiting Mara B today ☹️ Hopefully she found some space in the shelter to stay out of the wet wintry mix.

Ride with Chance

Just by chance, Mara B and I were tacking up and riding at the same time as Aubrey and her horse Chance! So today’s horse time spanned the generations, highlighting the ageless fun for gals and their horses. It was a treat for us.

Shadows on Snow

Mara B and I rode in the hay field and around the stable grounds this afternoon. The bright sunshine cast beautiful snow shadows that were brilliant and sharp for us to enjoy. Deep snow, blue skies and chilly temps also topped off today’s winter ride.

Ice Balls


Continuing bitter cold has us dealing with ‘ice balls’ or ‘snow balls.’ Chunks of ice and snow accumulate on the bottom of Mara’s hooves and the build up creates the ice ball. So bringing her into the warm(ish) barn and using a hoof pick I carefully try to remove most of the packed snow and ice. Today Mara also met up with Spice in the indoor arena, however they were really mellow and didn’t play much. We’re all just looking for a warm up!

An Outing with Gus


Gus is Mara’s paddock pal and trail buddy, so it was fun to have some ride time together with Nena and Gus today. We had very favorable riding conditions for the last day of January. Riders and mounts all delighted in the winter beauty!

Fur Friends/Animal Pals


My Mara B time this morning was very cold, wind chills were the issue. I found it too chilly to do much, however our paddock pals and the animal friends around River Brink did not seem to really notice.  So not a lot of moving for Ms Mara, just grooming and eating again. As I’ve said before, weather plays a major factor in my horse activities!