Ride with Gus and Kathryn 


Gus and Mara are paddock pals and best buddies. This morning Kathryn and I took them for a good morning walk about. Kathryn will be enjoying time with Gus through the summer now and we look forward to more outings together.

Reward Around the Bend


This afternoon Mara and I rode in the ditch up a gentle hill to the Meyers Farm, and around the bend was this lovely flowering tree. A pleasant spring ride surprise! We are seeing more and more action around the farms and fields now.

4G


The four g’s today were groundwork, ground tying practice, grooming and grazing. We are back to long underwear weather, so we had to keep moving to stay warm! The horses enjoyed grazing the most and were grumpy when we concluded that part of our time together.

Away Across the Fields….


Dedicated ride for HP today. Our dear friend of forty plus years, Harold sailed away early this morning. Always gracious, kind and happy, Harold loved his family, sailing, nature and his yard, chuckles, beer and cheese corn! Time on today’s ride was to honor his life and memory.

Inaugural Trail Ride


So great to be back with Mara B this morning! And Kathryn had her first trail riding lesson.  Mara and I were delighted to join in and to get some video and photos of the outing. Gus was awesome and Kathryn had a wonderful ride. Then Mara and I continued out alone for a peaceful quiet stroll to the diary farm. Horses, friends and spring weather, what a trio. 

Literary and Working Horses


Horses enrich our world in many ways! Here are two examples from the LA Times Festival of Books. Virginia Woolf’s quote plus  Dash and Sean of the LAPD Mounted Patrol. You can look for horses in unique places too.

Earth Day


Happy Earth Day. Mara B takes me to beautiful places in nature which soothes my soul. This Earth Day I’m at the fabulous Book Festival in Los Angles, which is a great celebration of books, creativity and amazing people. Let’s all celebrate animals, nature and creativity on our beautiful earth.

Traveler 


Today’s horse for you to enjoy is Traveler, the noble white horse that appears at all USC football games with a Trojan warrior astride and is one of the most famous college mascots. This statue is located in Hahn Plaza on the USC campus in Los Angles. Mara B is home on a spring break under the special eye of our paddock pal Char.  Jay and I are here as volunteers with Little Free Library an awesome organization we support in our son Benjamin’s memory.

Family Horse History

My mother, Helen (she was always called Honey) would be 99 today. Mom was not an active equestrian, but she was always supportive of my horse pursuits and enjoyed the family horses from a distance. This photo of her on a horse is probably one of her only times ‘riding.’ Her father, my grandfather Aaron, was a true horseman and a rancher in western North Dakota. Here he is on his special horse “Chief” who we heard many stories about. My favorite childhood horse shown in the color photo (1972) was Happy Kay, a beautiful and special mare just like my Mara B. Maybe my love of horses is hereditary.

Field to Fence 


The open fields are so great for riding, so Mara and I are spending as much time in the fields as possible before the plowing and planting begin. Today we had a pleasant walk around before the afternoon rains arrived.