Mara and I rode behind the stable, through last years corn field that is still waiting to be plowed and planted plus to the front of Meyers Farm this afternoon. It was a still and peaceful afternoon with an ideal temperature.

What I noticed today were darling patches of colorful groundcover along our paths.

Delightful surprises under foot!

To the Kinni

Mara and I were pleased to meet up with Nena and Nyles and Alanna and Allegro for a great ride to the Kinnickinnic (Kinni for short) River this afternoon.

The horses were awesome, they each enjoyed playing in the water and Alanna had us even walking up stream! Which was a fun new first for Mara B and me.

A good start to a summer of riding.

Bob & Jay

Jay enjoyed a little Saturday time with Mara B this afternoon. Checking out her new paddock and new equipment. We bonded with grooming, snack time and light riding in the outdoor arena.

And don’t you see the similarities between Bob (Baffert) and Jay? And maybe a little look alike with Mara B and Justify? Well we will all soon be cheering Bob and Justify on in the Preakness!

Summer Ride

Yes, it’s late spring but today’s ride felt like the “perfect summer ride.” We went out with Char & SeaB and Pam & Kole and covered some ground we haven’t ridden since late last fall. Mara and I sure enjoyed it, we took up the rear for much of the ride and absorbed the beautiful views.

Mara B is now using her ‘new’ bridle from Maura G. and we’re delighted with it.

Barrels, Bus & Buddies

I had a later afternoon visit with Mara B today and enjoyed the energy around the stable. We had trotting time in the outdoor arena and practicing weaving through the barrels to increase Mara’s flexibility. We also watched farm equipment pass by, a horse trailer come in and the school bus arrive.

Many of the horses around us were very playful and energetic! Rio was winning this ongoing game of holding on to the feed pan! And it was very entertaining to watch.

Extended Stride

Mara’s new saddle (with proper fit) is allowing her to get back to her very nice extended stride! Which is enjoyable for both of us. Mara had some “free” time in the round pen to move out before I mounted for todays ride.

Part of today’s ride was going out with Jennifer and Bella, it was warm, sunny and beautifully green. Then Mara and I continued to hike around the stable, both happy with her improved stride.

A New Seat

Maura G greatly assisted me with a very busy and focused saddle search yesterday. We found a used saddle online, picked it up, tried it out, and really liked it, so I purchased it to be Mara Bs new saddle! Fortunately many factors all came together, so today Mara B and I had our first ride in it.

Saddle fit is critical and an art I have learned, it must fit both horse and rider. I had naively been “clothes pinning” or pinching her withers with the other saddle I was using ☹️ Mara is moving out so much more comfortably now. So after our warmup in the outdoor arena we headed out around the stable grounds and to the lower cow pasture.

This gorgeous flowering tree was our additional extra special treat to enjoy along with our new saddle comfort!

Saddle Search

Mara B needs a new saddle and Maura G. helped with the search today.

Maura also put Mara B through the paces on the lunge line and I enjoyed watching.

We completed our Barn time with a stroll around the grounds and chatted with the pasture horses.

No riding for the moment, so we are really searching for Mara’s new (used) saddle.

New Bridle

Maura took great care of Mara B again today, and even gifted her with one of her bridles from her past endurance riding days!

Mara B is stylin’ now, and has been so well cared for these past few days!

Saddle Sore & Sundance

Maura was with Mara when she saw the Vet today and Mara’s hoof issues are greatly improved. It was determined that her back issues are due to her saddle fit. The prescribed fix is to use a saddle pad with gel pockets. I will get this new pad ASAP, as there is no riding until we do. Many thanks to Maura G. for the wonderful assistance.

Since Jay and I were enjoying Sundance where we even spotted Robert Redford!