Maura Meets Mara

My special cousin Maura met Mara and Holly today! Fun horse time for all four us. Holly was a gem, Mara had some schooling with Maura and our arena time was very enjoyable. Maura was delighted to have time at River Brink, to be back in the saddle and to meet other special horse enthusiasts.

Cats and Cow Pasture

Mara and I enjoy the three Barn cats and they all joined us again for our grooming and food time this morning. After cleaning Mara as best I could, we then headed to the Cow Pasture and rode along the fence line and hiked up and down some gentle slopes and inclines for Mara’s benefit!

White Pines along the Way

Mara B and I had a calm peaceful walk down our quiet neighborhood lane today. The White Pines we passed smelled so fresh and lovely. We had Crows and Robins greeting us, rather than Geese on this route, we are seeing a great deal of snow melt.

Spring Stream

Fifty degrees this afternoon when I was with Mara, a welcome treat. There is no doubt about it, we are in the middle of mud season. After trying my best to clean her up and letting her eat. We saddled up and headed to the back corn field via the big farm equipment ‘parking space.’ I used these tractor steps as my mounting block. We then waded through this moving stream and Mara sniffed the water and dabbled her hoof in it, an effective way to clean her feet and lower legs.

Meet Phoenix

Phoenix and Anna rode out with us this afternoon, we all had a good walk to Sam’s and then around a bit of the hay field. The sunshine appeared, the wind was calm and we only had to maneuver mud and water puddles. The snow is disappearing and we are looking forward to some longer outings.

Solo Barn Time

Monday was quiet around the Barn, Mara and I had the place to ourselves for our grooming and ride time, which is rather unusual. We had skills and drills, circles and trotting plus plenty of calm walking around the indoor to give Mara needed exercise out of her very muddy, soupy paddock. Some pleasant horse time before the afternoon rain arrived.

Action

From the Capital to the paddock Jay and I saw a lot of action and energy today! The horses in Mara’s paddock were charging around when we arrived. A game of chase went on and on between Mara, Gus, SeaB and Rosie and we enjoyed watching the action. When there was a break from the chasing we brought Mara in for some quiet loving attention, food and grooming.

Wind/Energy/Farrier

Lots of energy around the stable today! The wind was blowing and many horses were very energetic in their paddocks. Mara and I headed up the cow pasture hill and she gave me a big spin around, I decided to get off and to hand walk her past the “issue.” I did remount and rode back with no further problem, but I feel the day, the weather, the energy field simply had the horses “up.” We also had a farrier appointment and then when I was grooming Mara at the end of our time together, a horse got loose and ran out of its paddock gate when another horse was being taken out. I was able to grab the loose gal and quickly returned her to her paddock. Looking for a calmer day tomorrow and returning to our usually peaceful pace.

Sun, Cats and Deer

We welcomed some warmish sunshine this afternoon and the Barn cats were all out sunning. Mara B and I rode through the corn field to the backside of the neighboring stable. Six deer at least kept coming in and out of the woods into the field we were in, for some reason they did not want to “run away” today. Deer do not bother Mara so they were only entertainment for us not an issue for us. Our return trip was along side the cow pasture fence on some drier ground.

Geese along the Way

After putting some elbow grease to Mara, I was able to get the mud off and return her to a dusty gray color. We then headed down the road for a very nice walk to Sam’s, I love this stand of White Pines, that you see before the darling farmstead. Geese in the fields on both sides of the road were waddling around, honking and a few flew over head, not a distraction, simply a strong presence for us today. Mara and I dedicated today’s ride to Frankie and in honor of World Down Syndrome Day.