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!
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.
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.
It was a very snowy visit with Mara B this morning. I didn’t even take her out of the paddock, we simply chatted and I gave her a treat.
I also visited the cute twins in the barn and even snapped a photo to share. Nanny Goat and kids were much more active today than yesterday.
The cute twins reminded me that I’m a twin! So I’m reposting an old photo of my twin David and me on the ponies we had one summer long ago.
All was beautifully white and serene at the stable when I departed.
It feels like all has been slowed down for the horses and humans alike these past few days.
With all the ice under foot at the stable, I was definitely glad I wore my Stabilicers for today’s visit with Mara B. Jay surprised me with them and they’ve turned out to be fabulous winter traction ice cleats that keep me from falling. I truly appreciated them today, thank you Jay!
Cindy and Eve had the Icelandic horses playing in the indoor arena and invited Mara to join in the horse play. It was pretty thrilling for her and allowed her to run, jump and chase on solid, safe ground. All the action happened so fast it was difficult to take photos, but you get the idea here. Thanks friends.
Snow was just starting to fall when I returned Mara to her paddock.
And continues falling covering us in quiet white beauty.
Everyone has been challenged by the extreme cold we’re experiencing including our special animals. Our pup Lindy B has required having my homemade booties on to go outside (and it takes a while to get those on and off!) I’m also feeding the birds multiple times a day.
I’m lucky to report that I have a fun caregiver gig for some bunnies and chickens this next week. Today I received my care instructions and todo list.
With the polar vortex still hanging on this was day three for Mara to be in her stall 24/7. All the stall horses are handling it well but I decided Mara B needed to go outside for a while today. My mind can go low, plus I’m very claustrophobic and I was thinking, I have such a strong need to be “out” to breathe fresh air, to physically move and to see the sun, that I felt I had to give Mara the same.
It worked out well, she rolled in the snow, trotted freely around and had a different view for thirty minutes or so. At least it made me feel better, this ‘shutdown’ has reinforced my own understanding of how much I need nature, plus my animal connections to cope when I feel closed in. Hoping you managed to find your own healthy way through the polar vortex of 2019.
Tomorrow we get to turn the calendar to February and a new month together. ☀️💛 ✌️
Yes, it’s dangerously cold here today. Yes, I visited Mara B late this morning, the drive to the stable was fine, the car thermometer was negative 22.
The fabulous morning chore crew (Pat, Maddi and Mitch) were still working hard when I arrived. All chores were completed with horses in their stalls, keeping doors closed as much as possible no tractor in and out to haul the manure, it was all removed by carrying muck buckets to the door. No tractor was used to bring in the fresh stall bedding, it was hauled in with muscle. Thank you wonderful chore crew team! Mara B and her pal Spice had arena time, I had grooming/bonding time with Mara and she warmed up my heart.
But enough about the polar vortex and the ‘stay inside’ instructions. Please let me introduce you to a Mara Moments follower instead of continuing to discuss the weather. (I’m hoping it’s a little more fun) Here is faithful blog follower and special friend given by nature, my niece Laura. Laura was lucky to have backyard horses when she was growing up! Pony, Pearl was a real cutie and I remember Pearl too.
Yes, Laura trimmed Pearl’s forelock and mane, and you guessed it, her tail too! That’s what little girls do sometimes. Laura and her daughters no longer have a ‘real’ horse of their own, but they enjoy riding along with Mara B and me. Thanks for riding with us!
I hope you are tucked in, and in a warm place ☀️ spring arrives soon I’ve heard.
Mara B and the stall horses stayed in all day today, due to extremely cold temperatures. Mara B. is a real outside kind of horse so this is no treat for her.
I let her have ‘free’ time in the indoor arena this morning and she was wild. Mara really needed to move.
The Icelandic horses also had arena ‘free’ time.
Very fun to watch our horses play indoors where it was warm and safe on a day the weather outside got the best of us. (just for documentation purposes, it is -15 as I post this and the polar vortex descends on the region tonight.)
Hardy horses, hardy women and special horse love on display today, and that warms us all up!
As of midday today the paddock gates are open because the stall horses had been tucked back in to their stalls (they were outside all morning) to help keep the barn temperature above freezing for the next 24 hours.
Our weekend was cold but the arctic blast arrives tonight. Here are a few highlights from our weekend visits with Mara B. Jay had some good horse time both Saturday and Sunday!
I just sat around while Jay groomed and cleaned up Mara B.
Today when I arrived heaters had been on in the barn, Sandi was around and Mara B and I had a little free time together in the indoor arena
Leaving Mara B in her stall when I departed was an oddity for both of us. Everyone reading this post please stay warm and stay safe tonight whatever your weather. Luckily the horses at the barn all seemed to be handling this weather just fine.