Hair A Flyin’

When we arrived this afternoon we found Mara and her paddock pals all relaxing together. Such a cute herd of mares.

Then Jay did a wonderful job of grooming Ms Mara B and she is certainly shedding. When brushing Mara today, there was hair everywhere as well as all over Jay. The brisk afternoon winds were blowing hair, horse and human.

A bright, breezy, bonding time with Mara B.

Maple Tapping

Today’s ride took us past a few of the blue buckets being used for tapping maple trees around the stable. I really like observing seasonal activities like this.

Mara B and I then rode the first section of the Meyer’s field road and appreciated the new views. However the field road remains quite soft and mushy to comfortably ride.

It was a peaceful, quiet jaunt on a beautiful March afternoon with a gorgeous sky. The fields looked so neat and tidy.

We will appreciate a bit more drying to firm up the footing for our next ride through. Happy springtime.

Side Roads & Patriarch

Mara B and I had a really nice noontime ride today, we diverted off the main lane to Sam’s checking out little side roads and driveways along the way. We slowly continue to expand our spring riding range.

The main road is very dry now, the smaller dirt roads we tested are still moist to muddy.

Arriving back at the barn we were greeted by Tom the farm Patriarch (and lovely man.) Tom and crew were spring cleaning around the grounds.

Signs of springtime continue to greet us, today presented the first few Killdeer sightings.

Contrails

Mara B and I rode south down the road and then north through the back field today. Only slivers of snow remains. I was able to appreciate the gorgeous sky now that I’m not worried about ice under foot. Contrails across the sky stood out as our observation.

The road to Sam’s was perfect for some trotting! The back field was muddy and very moist. (showing our own tracks below.)

Mara B was a very good horse and we had a fine Monday outing together.

Field Road

Mara B and I went through the Meyer Farm again this afternoon to check the condition of the field service road. We saw four deer on the way there plus a rafter of turkeys near the woods out beyond the farm yard. We decided ground conditions are improving however were still too wet and muddy for our liking to ride on.

It was a lovely March day

to be outside and to feel the warm sunshine.

Some wind and more sunshine will hopefully dry things up for weekend rides.

Squishy

The ground is also mushy, soft, muddy and spongy! Please notice the side of Mara’s face, she is simply dirty from winter crud and stall crud. Today the spring mud found us.

Mara B and I saw the signs of mud season everywhere.

We had a lovely walk out around the neighborhood for a new view and looked for all things green.

Welcome to the spring equinox.

Bo Stayed In

Mara B and I wanted to ride to the Meyer Farm this afternoon so we left Bo behind in a stall. We really enjoy having him ride along when he does join us, however the Meyers do not want dog visits, so Bo stayed home. It’s been months since we’ve been to the Meyer Farm and it was fun to return today.

We met up with serious ice before getting to the field service road, and I didn’t want to dismount or walk Mara over it, so we just greeted the cows turned around and headed to Sam’s.

The conditions were wonderful, I’m even back to wearing actual riding boots not winter boots and a down vest not a jacket!

Mara B was great and it’s energizing for us to be less contained. Spring felt marvelous this March day. Now we’ll end with the latest note on the barn message board, I chuckled when I read it.

Out On The Road!

Mara B and I had a great afternoon with Jay today! Riding down the road to Sam’s was a treat. Jay groomed Mara plus hiked along with us as photographer. Enjoy his photos and our spring views.

The afternoon sunshine, mild temperatures and no wind was delightful.

Mara, Jay and I believe spring has arrived.

“May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, may good luck pursue you each morning and night.” Spring brings us hope, happy Saint Patrick’s Day to all our lovely followers. 🍀

Winter Shag

Today I decided it’s time to trim off the winter shag, called feathering on Mara’s fetlocks. Our ice is turning to mud and slush and the cold temperatures are hopefully behind us, this will be a wonderful springtime rite of passage for us.

Our afternoon together included the regular line up for Mara to have some hay, grooming and moving.

We also observed more geese plus the open water in the back field.

March winds kept us close to home.

Fog & High Water

Mara B was one wet girl when I brought her in this afternoon.

Even my drive to the barn showed signs of all the rain and fog enveloping us today.

Mara nibbled and I used the shedding blade to groom her.

The last two days I have hand walked Mara down the road for a new view and to check the road conditions. It’s been refreshing and we are seeing geese have returned and are in the soaked fields.

We did have ride time in the indoor arena before Mara had to go back out into the rain. Sunshine will be welcome when we see it next.