I kissed Mara B goodbye and left her to relax, watch the back field and have fun with her girlfriend Spice for a few days.
We all deserve a change of routine and some down time, so I’m riding with Joe this week, while Mara is enjoying her own time “off.”
Here are a few highlights from my walks to share.
Birds and fun, creative decorations!
“Time wasted at the beach is time well spent.”
Mara was pleased to see Jay this afternoon.
Then we met up with Suzy Q, Mara’s fancy Paint lookalike in the indoor arena. Greg and Suzy Q were very pleasant, however Mara did not win Miss Congeniality.
Mara did however enjoy her Saturday grooming, nibble and warmup time with us and we did enjoy her. Because we love her so.
Mara and I thought the sun was going to peak out this afternoon for our ride time! We were delighted because we have had such a long stretch of gray days this month.
Even though the temps were cold, with low winds and my face mask on we did ride out, Mara was great but the sun went back into hiding for our spin around.
Coming back from walking around the back soybean field we captured this ‘creative’ shot in the equipment storage lot. I guess it’s a picture of a real snow blanket.
And the sun did shine on my drive home from the barn!
Holly and her owner Leah joined us on a wonderful snow ride this afternoon! It was really beautiful, we looped the fields and rode up to and around the cow pasture (apple orchard).
Frozen apples now hang as ornaments.
Mara and Holly were happy to be out stretching their legs while the riders loved the quiet, peaceful scenery.
Today’s post is extra long, however I also want to share the following article from today’s Wall Street Journal! I’m grateful to see this and am sharing a paragraph from the article.
Mara B and I do believe in “horse therapy” so reading about the topic in today’s WSJ was validating and exciting. Thanks for riding with us!
Mara and I had a peaceful ride out and enjoyed the quiet woods, snow covered berries, and winter grasses this afternoon.
Sharing a little muted snow zen from the two fields we circled.
We both found our outing to be relaxing and refreshing, and hope you do too.
Jay and I had a ‘warm’ visit with Mara this afternoon. When we arrived snow was just starting and continued to fall throughout our barn time!
Mara B liked to have time in the indoor arena with us, a chance to eat some hay and Jay’s deluxe grooming treatment. Then when we returned her to the paddock the snow was very steady and beautiful.
Mara and I rode out this afternoon with both Brutus and Bo in tow. Very fun to follow them and to watch them go in and out of the woods ahead of us.
When I was a young rider my favorite barn dog was named Jumbo and he rode miles with us. Today’s ride reminded me of Jumbo and the fun of trail riding with good dogs along.
Here’s the field side of Mara’s paddock, her horse friends were relaxing this afternoon when we returned home.
The last day of November provided us with a delightful ride.
Our pup Lindy B had a rare visit to the barn with me today!
Mara was calm and respectful of Lindy. Lindy was quite thrilled to be visiting Mara, and the barn cats.
Both of my sweet gals tried hard to pose for today’s post!
I enjoyed having them together.
Mara and I were able to ride the back trail this afternoon.
The pasture horses at the neighboring stable where all blanketed and munching on their round bales.
We circled back around and rode home through the bare fields.
It was refreshing to be “out” for both of us, and we would have ridden longer but my chilly toes sent us back to the barn. It was 24 degrees.
Chaps over ski pants were toasty but I think I need to pull out my winter boots too.
Today when I went to bring Mara B in, JAC (aka: Socks) marched right out to her paddock with me! It’s always a fun treat to have that extra special companionship at the barn.
While Mara nibbled on hay I spent a good deal of time really cleaning her up, and she needed it.
I wanted to let her have free ‘run around’ time in the indoor arena, however I was not able to pull the side door down. Instead I set up a little barrier, and she was very compliant and respectful of it. So Mara did get to dash about and expend her energy while I enjoyed seeing how she respected the blockade!
I had some pleasant human horse/cat/dog interactions this Monday afternoon.