Swedish Mission & More Corn


Mara B was ready and waiting for me this afternoon! We lucked out and ended November with one more great day to ride outside. Due to road construction we had not been able to cross M for months, however now it’s completed and so today we rode to Swedish Mission Road as our destination. Returning to the barn we did make another loop around the cornfield as the sun and golden light were ideal.

Late Season Baling


Mara B and I covered some ground this afternoon. We rode the road to Sam’s and saw them baling hay, which seems late to me. Returned to the Barn and then walked through the back cornfield to the edge of the neighboring stable and returned on the trail along the woods. Good riding conditions and a relaxed horse made for a pleasant outing.

Flying Corn Husks


Mara and I braved the wind gusts this afternoon, corn husks really were flying everywhere! Many activities at the barn today too, an equine massage therapist was working on a few horses, a farrier was there and the paddocks were being cleaned. Mara and I started in the round pen and then rode to the cow pasture. Always a treat to be outside in spite of the strong winds.

Back to the Fields


Mara and I were able to safely be riding ‘out’ again today. It was very nice to be back to walking through and around the cut cornfield. We did have breezy conditions but we also had very warm temps for this time of the year. Horse and rider enjoyed it all.

Staying Close


We continue to be restricted to riding the roads close to the Barn. However with the pleasant weather Mara and I are still riding out, which we really like.  The only excitement is the neighborhood dog who barks and circles us every time we see it, Mara simply ignores him!

Horns & Hoofs


It was warm for our ride today and Mara and I were able to track Pete’s steer, Stanley which was great fun. Mara also had an appointment with Brian to have her hoofs trimmed and Jay joined us as photographer. Mara was our delightful partner.

Ride on Bill


Hannah provided training and instruction for us today, during our lesson time. Really enjoyable for me, part of the lesson I was riding Bill, and I have not ridden a different horse for a few years! It was good to be able to watch Hannah riding Mara and to change up my mount. I’m thankful for my horse adventures.

Walk Around


It was a cold but sunny afternoon visit for Mara and me today. We spent much of our time together investigating the stable grounds. The operation to make stall bedding from the corn husks is still under way, and the production pile was huge. We strolled through the corn field to enjoy the late day sun (however we did see some orange jackets up on the hill) and visited horses in the back paddocks. Mara B is definitely getting a thick winter coat!

Paddock Play and Mailboxes


It was a good horse day this Monday. We have our pal Gus back in our paddock and I’ve been entertained watching Gus and Mara each try to be in charge of the “new mare” in the herd! Very fun to observe the horse behaviors. Mara and I then rode down the quiet neighborhood street and only confronted mailboxes and one dog. It was pleasant to be out with no orange jackets in sight. Wrapping up our ride we stopped to watch Ray and Beau, practice loading and backing out of their trailer. Many morning activities going on at River Brink today.

Stable Grounds


The note on the message board explains why we are now restricted to riding in the indoor arena or only on the stable grounds. Mara and I did ride out, and we did see many orange jackets out in the fields. So staying right around the stable we visited horses in adjoining paddocks and even had a chance to greet Peanut today.