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.

Julie’s Four

Mara B met up with Brian her farrier this morning, Mara was in the lineup after neighbor Julie’s four horses. The interesting part of this story is that Julie lives about 1/2 mile from River Brink and she hand walked her four horses and two dogs to the stable for the appointment. So while Brian trimmed up Mara I caught a few photos of Julie’s exit. (notice how big baby Cha-Ching is.)

It’s fun to observe a competent horsewoman in action. Mara and I also headed out through the snow once again and had a very pleasant ride.

Mara B marches right through the deep snow providing me with a lovely excursion!

Snowmobile

Mara B and I had another ride out in the endless snowy expanse this afternoon. However, Sam rode off on his snowmobile as we rode out. We do not have experience with actual moving snowmobiles, only stationary ones. Mara had a keen sense it was there, so being able to clearly see it coming and going was helpful and she handled it well. (We were also in extremely deep snow with no place to go!) It was a new adventure for us.

Sam went up to the cow pasture as well out back along the trail. Here are his tracks we saw riding back in. The snowmobile was also parked by the time we returned.

We continued along then with a loop around the front paddocks and said hello to Gus and Rosie too.

Deep snow, sunshine and snowmobile action for Mara B and me today.

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!

Gabe and the Sled

What’s more fun than a four year old boy! Mara B and I had a wonderful visit with Kathryn and Gabe this afternoon.

The cats, goats and horses were all fun, but the sled ride behind Mara B was a blast. The paddock horses were very curious!

We all had a fun afternoon adventure together. Thanks for the photos Kathryn.And Gabe gets to stay for the week!

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.

Sled & Glove

Mara B and I had a wonderful solo snow ride together this afternoon. First though I reintroduced her to the snow sled and we had practice time pulling and playing with it.

Then we headed to the side hay field for a new view. I hand walk Mara over there to avoid ice. Then I use a ‘snow drift’ to stand on to mount or in simple terms to get on her!

Bo joined us and we walked on the snowmobile trails.

We also rode in the back hay field where I then dropped my glove! (Taking the photos for the post!)

Just to let you know I had to dismount, and remount directly from the ground (no snow drift was available.) Well, I was proud of myself because even with my snow pants on and chaps over the snow pants plus my big snow boots on I made it up first try! Truly, you simply have to believe me, and know that feat made my day. With no wind, the sun higher in the sky and the rays stronger Mara B and I had a delightful afternoon together.

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.

Plus Seven

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.