Chickie and Nugget

It was great to be back at River Brink this afternoon to see my pals and to reconnect with Mara B. I had to tell Mara about my time in the West, where yesterday we had met Chickie and her horse Nugget at the Phoenix Saddle Club. This was a different form of stable than I’m used to, but it was interesting to tour and Chickie was cool and so nice to us I wanted to share these photos. Gals with their horses!

Running Home



Running home today after a toast to Mara B with my special cousin Patty, who is an “Aunt” to Mara via Maramoments. Patty has been an extraordinary companion on my healing “ride.”  I’m looking forward to Patty meeting Mara B. in person.

Phoenix Finds

Stella found this cowgirl hat for me and made me buy it! Watch for it to show up in some posts down the road. And I’m glad Mara’s speed and mine are so well matched…..

Reading Books & Blogs


Vacation time has allowed me time to read in the sunshine. So I’m passing on this book title as well as encouraging you to please look at the blogs I’m following and enjoy them today too.

Heading West


Mara B is on her own again this weekend. She gets a winter break while Jay and I are heading West. Our paddock pals are taking good care of Mara in my absence. Watch for some fun blog posts in the next few days coming from Arizona!

Eye to eye

I caught this photo of Mara eye to eye with one of the barn cats on our way out of the door this afternoon. Mara is such an animal loving horse, it’s sweet to see. Earlier Char and SeaB and Mara and I added a flag to the obstacles we set up for the horses to play around, they also had a low jump, the sled, tarp, cans and a squeeze game to enjoy. Another day of winter indoor horse entertainment.

A road ride

Riding down to the dairy farm was a refreshing change of pace for us today. We passed many honking geese in a field and cawing crows in some trees. The sight and sounds of birds made me think of March. Mara and I enjoyed thinking about the possibility of spring….

Simply slop

Warm January weather has the paddock so sloppy that Mara’s been a mess! Today was grooming, free time in the arena and some horsen around time with Logan. Mara was a bit grumpy but Logan had a good time anyway.

Dropped phone

Mara and I got out on a solo snow ride through the corn field this afternoon and I dropped my phone! I had to dismount and search for it, thank goodness I found it. The ride was magical because the day was gray and silent, so the ride was very peaceful. Mara and I were both relaxed and calm, a treat.

Inside friends

Mara was very dirty today and needed major grooming and cleaning. So we spent time with our inside friends while I groomed her and she ate her extra feed. The weather definitely influences our activities, and the current weather conditions have the paddocks wet, muddy and off and on icy, all of which are challenging. When Mara was cleaned up she had a few laps around the arena to stretch her legs!