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.

Handling Hay in the Heat

Ninety plus degrees this afternoon when Jay and I had our Mara B time! Every one was moving slowly. Mara enjoyed the cool of the Barn, a snack of hay and grooming.

Pat and Sam were delivering and stacking hay in the barn. We had a good chat with them.

Jay worked on installing a hay net in Mara’s stall. But he said it wasn’t hot enough to be working in a small dark enclosed space with no air moving.

I guess we’ll finish this project on a cooler day!

Sweating

Mara B and I both warmed up today! Summer temperatures are back. So on our afternoon ride we looked for shade and embraced a light breeze.

Our observation was this piece of equipment in the pasture of the neighborhood stable. Out of place, and not sure just what the project is.

When we returned to the Barn, Mara was sweaty under her bridle. She had a complete rinse off and then it was time for her to be reshod. We tried to accomplish this with no sedation this time, but she wasn’t having it.

Sweating in September, but we’ll take it!

Sunny Sweet September

Think of your best adjectives for a lovely September day! Those words will also describe today’s amble with Mara B. We enjoyed a beautiful, bright, clear afternoon ride and soaked in September.

Here’s why we see so many deer.

A delightful ride for us to share.

WSPD18

Today’s post is in support of World Suicide Prevention Day 2018. WSPD began in 2003, in 2010 I knew nothing about it.

The theme of WSPD 2018 is “working together to prevent suicide.” Please connect, care and communicate about suicide with your personal inner circle if need me.

Mara B and I dedicated our ride this morning in memory of Benjamin Curry Stassen.