Jay’s Workout

Enjoy the fruits of Jay’s photography from our Mara B time together this warm Saturday afternoon (Jay said “an afternoon of very high humidity” thus the ‘workout’ terminology!) I rode, Mara walked and Jay was our photographer while hiking through the lower meadow of the cow pasture.

It was lovely.

Jay was artistic and a real trooper!

Thank you Jay!

Still & Shade

Mara and I had a morning ride with very quiet and still conditions, so peaceful and calm. We took the shady back trail to the road behind the neighborhood stable.

Only “sighting” was the neighborhood stable horses out grazing.

We rode the length of the road both directions and returned to the barn via the same shaded trail. Summer heat had warmed us both up.

Mara B was wonderful and we both had a pleasant outing, we then saw Mara’s buddies relaxing in the shade when we turned the corner back at the barn.

A warm and lovely summer day in Wisconsin.

Apples and Acorns

Rio and Kim and Mara and I headed up to the cow pasture this morning and since there are no cows there this summer we delighted in strolling through the apple orchard.

We saw acorns and enjoyed the woods too.

We rode the dairy loop next and I’ll end today’s post with one of my favorite views from there.

A great Thursday ride. (Thanks for your additional photos Kim.)

Four Years

Four years ago today we bought Mara B! It was a big decision a big commitment and an experience that has helped me in many many ways. Mara B is the horse of my heart and has slipped in some soft soothing music to my days.

Today we had an excellent solo ride around the dairy loop that we dedicated to Benjamin. Walking under the gorgeous sky and among the peace and beauty of the fields and woods with Mara is delightful as well as calming for me. I’m grateful that we share our nature walks together.

Sharing Mara B with others, talking about Equine Therapy plus pals at the Barn are a few of the lovely things that Mara B has brought to us these past four years. Thank you Mara, love you Mara B!

Cows Overhead

Today’s ride started with going through the Meyer Farm and some cows happened to be in the upper pasture. In the past Mara has been nervous about seeing them there, however today all was fine with cows being over our heads!

Kim and Rio joined us for the loop plus an extra side road. Corn was a main observation of the ride, now silk tassels have appeared.

Plus a few small green apples, as summer continues to progress.

A pleasant ride before some afternoon showers.

Bea + Honey

Nancy brought Bea to visit Mara B this morning and we all had a honey of a time!

A big thank you to Jackie and Sophia who shared their Honey with us providing Bea and Nanc with an awesome horse adventure.

Mara B and I loved watching them enjoy Honey and friends.

Honey always lives up to her name and was a sweetie. Hope to see you again Bea!

Rainy Day & Inside Play

Jay and I visited Mara after the rain this afternoon. Jay had Saturday time with Mara B which started with grooming and cleaning her up while she eats a snack. We then played together in the indoor arena to stay dry.

We got a ball for her to kick and introduced her to a cart that she had never seen before. She seemed curious and checked it out.

But the highlight of our visit was Jay’s special attention that Ms Mara loves to receive.

Horseshoes and Cha-Ching Cha-Ching

Mara was reshod this morning which took up much of our connection time today.

And Barbie’s colt has received his name! It’s Cha-Ching Cha-Ching his owner Julie told me yesterday.

So today I thought I’d mention to the horse lovers who are following Mara Moments and are without your own horse to please keep in mind the financial reality of owning your own horse. Board, Vet, farrier, equipment, emergencies plus other variables can be costly. Mara Moments does try to be real and share our true experiences, so today’s topic is an important one.

Owning your own horse is truly a wonderful adventure, but please know/remember that owning a horse requires both time and money.

To me it’s also priceless therapy that I’m grateful for.

Seventeen Kayaks

Great ride this morning with Tiff and Frank and Kim and Rio. We headed to the river and made it right to the water beautifully with Frank leading the way down.

Frank, Mara and Rio all enjoyed a drink and rest at the water before we crossed to the other side and headed to the Dam.

We were at this point (next photo) on the ride when a steady stream of seventeen kayaks floated our way! I was too focused at the moment to take pictures, this one is from after the fact. Mara was fine for the first ten or so and then she started to question what’s up.

I felt she was “up” and we had some struggles but we completed the ride in good shape and all enjoyed the adventure.

The three horses had a relaxed walk home, while the three horsegals reflected on the ride. Tiff was our super wrangler and Frank our calm steady rock star.

Round Pen & A Solo

Mara seems to be in pretty good shape these days, so I like to warm her up in the round pen before we ride off. Today she really moved out, warmed up and enjoyed her fast free movement time.

This works for both of us since I ride at a slower pace! We then enjoyed a perfect peaceful solo ride around the dairy loop. We went over both of the dam/dike sections beautifully which made me proud, as I have had trepidation about those areas riding alone but today I did it. (Mara B has more confidence than I do at times I think.)

My observation for the day was seeing all the climbing vines growing on trees and fences that we passed.

A good start to August for us.