Doused

Mara B has been in the slop lately, after three days of pretty much continuous rain.

I visit and spend time with Mara every day but we hadn’t ridden these past few days. So this afternoon it was time to saddle up and enjoy riding in the indoor arena. We trotted and circled, observed the pasture horses and ignored the weather conditions (as it was still misting.)

All while thinking about Benjamin and that today is “World Mental Health Day 2018”

Mara sure helps me with my mental health….and here’s an Instagram post I saw this morning to share with you…..

Sunday/Harvest

Jay and I had a fun visit with Mara B this afternoon. First on the agenda was to let her dash about in the outdoor arena!

Jay then provided her with his special comfort and grooming routine.

We liked playing with Fergi and Liz’s new indoor arena toy, and we observed the harvest work in the nearby fields.

A delightful fall Sunday for us enjoying Mara B and the barn.

Dry Fields & Thicker Coat

Mara B and I had such a fine ride this afternoon, it was so nice to be together. Her coat is considerably thicker than the last time I saw her.

More fields have been cut, and those still standing are very dry.

Good to be back in the saddle for fall rides with Mara.

Seen along the Way

Sharing a bit of horse fun that we’ve seen in New England. As Maura manages Mara B, we have enjoyed seeing a little of the horse culture in New Hampshire and Vermont.

And today it was a treat to meet Olivia and her horse Dakota at the University of Vermont Equine Center, what a beautiful facility.

Lots of horse love out here!

I’m missing Ms Mara B.

Wildwood Stables

Fun to learn about horseback riding in Acadia National Park today.

When we visited Wildwood Stables this morning, Jay and I enjoyed meeting and talking with these trail riders from Massachusetts.

Mr. Rockefeller appreciated horses too! It was special to see this stable and trail system in person.

G w/ B

Maura G is overseeing Mara B at the moment. I’m on a creative hiatus; seeing new sites and trying a different routine. We all need that!

Nice for Mara B to try some “new & different” with Maura too. Following are a few photos from my recent travels to share with you.

Always a treat to change it up a ‘bit.’

192 Years of Horse Love

Today childhood horse pal Ann, plus special horsey cousin Maura visited Ms Mara with me, and amazingly our combined ages equal 192! The three of us represent the ageless horse gals everywhere. We all had a fun time taking care of and enjoying Mara B together.

Between reminiscing about our fabulous old horses, horse pals from childhood and our riding adventures, we groomed Mara and introduced Ann to River Brink. Then we saddled up Mara for Ann to have a little “back in the saddle” experience.

Wonderful to reminisce, share Mara, and share horse love with two significant horsewomen.

On to Autumn

Today the last official day of summer gave us many varieties of weather! It was coolish, gray, windy, sometimes sunny and this variable weather certainly energized Mara B. This morning we started in the outdoor arena and she thundered around, Mara really wanted to move.

Mara relaxed from her “run around” time, I groomed her and saddled her up, and the weather had improved, the sun started to shine. So off we rode and Brutus made my day by trotting right along with us and joined in on our ride!

Winds were up and temps cool but our ride time was great! So now we’ll march into fall.

We hope you enjoy the autumn equinox and Harvest Moon. Thank you for riding along with us.

Rain = Relax

Todays rainy damp weather put me in slow motion and Mara B agreed we would accomplish other tasks today. We had a good visit with no ride time. First up was my drive to the coop to pick up Mara’s feed, because she is on such a strict diet she cannot eat what the Stable feeds, she gets Tribute and I pick it up for her every few months.

The paddocks are all a wet mess plus Mara was in need of cleaning her hind end and legs so we started in the shower stall. You’re seeing “after” photos.

I groomed Mara plus relaxed with the three Barn cats and Brutus while she ate her snack.

Between sprinkles we went on a walk and said hello to a new foal that has recently arrived. A real cutie!

A variation in our usual routine that was pleasant and slow going.

So Blue & So Green

Mara B and I enjoyed a ride with Tera and Rosie this morning. It was warm and sunny and I noticed how very blue the sky was and how much green is still around. There are certainly signs of fall, however today’s route kept us surrounded by lush growing green alfalfa and grasses.

The brown we’re observing are burrs, and no one wants to touch those.

Subtle September changes are noticeable.