Gradually the encrusted mud is crumbling, falling out of her mane and tail. No longer does she wear mud dreadlocks. I do feel good about this. It was horrible to have a filthy horse and not be able to do anything about it.
I'm happy that Brena is walking around on relatively dry surfaces. Now her feet will begin to dry out. They won't wear away so fast, something that the trimmer had commented on.
Having companions in the field is good for her well-being too. The three of them appear to get on well. The farmer told me that Brena follows him around the field when he's in there with the tractor cleaning up droppings. She is sociable with people and horses alike.
In every way it's a healthier life for Brena than back in that muddy barn in the valley. That makes it healthier for my mind too with a lot less to worry about.
We've had two nice three-hour rides too without needing the trailer to reach a starting point. From this farm I can reach most of my regular haunts just by riding. When spring arrives we'll be able to range further afield and explore.