Through Mara Moments I share my healing journey with my horse, Mara B, highlighting our daily interactions and promoting equine therapy. I share the silent solitude and beauty of nature on the trails and our experiences. I want to share Mara as a companion for others to promote emotional wellbeing. I love connecting with Mara B at the stable and on the trails as we ride and spend time together.
Mara B and I wanted to ride to the Meyer Farm this afternoon so we left Bo behind in a stall. We really enjoy having him ride along when he does join us, however the Meyers do not want dog visits, so Bo stayed home. It’s been months since we’ve been to the Meyer Farm and it was fun to return today.
We met up with serious ice before getting to the field service road, and I didn’t want to dismount or walk Mara over it, so we just greeted the cows turned around and headed to Sam’s.
The conditions were wonderful, I’m even back to wearing actual riding boots not winter boots and a down vest not a jacket!
Mara B was great and it’s energizing for us to be less contained. Spring felt marvelous this March day. Now we’ll end with the latest note on the barn message board, I chuckled when I read it.
Today I decided it’s time to trim off the winter shag, called feathering on Mara’s fetlocks. Our ice is turning to mud and slush and the cold temperatures are hopefully behind us, this will be a wonderful springtime rite of passage for us.
Our afternoon together included the regular line up for Mara to have some hay, grooming and moving.
We also observed more geese plus the open water in the back field.
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!
Mara B and I generally like the volume low and we appreciate the sounds of silence when we are out in nature. Today we rode in the arena due to icy footing and listened to ice dripping and ice sliding off the roof. We had the garage door open for some light. Mara wanted to trot and move which felt good to both of us.
Sunday Jay visited and we faced ice and windy conditions.
Today writing about soundscapes made me want to share a book title with you, if you feel you may appreciate the quiet lane too, I think you’ll value my new favorite book.
I think Mara would be a fan of “Silence: In the Age of Noise” too.
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.
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!
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.