When I’m the first one to arrive at the barn like this morning, the four barn cats immediately greet me and are so excited to see me! Of course I feed them, which makes them happy, plus it’s a fun start to my visit.
Mara was excited to see me too, I think. We saddled up and spent a good portion of our ride time in the outdoor arena. We walked, fast and slow, we trotted a slow jog trot and a faster extended trot. We worked on circles and serpentines, stops and backing up, all while concentrating and staying focused, it was a fun activity for us.
Then the wind was a factor on our stroll “out.”
Mara B was a good horse and we ended our visit with grooming, some hay for Mara B and even a little grass grazing. When I returned Mara B to her paddock, she took a big drink, and then went directly for the salt lick.
We stayed close to the barn but had a strong practice/lesson type ride today, a pleasant change from our regular routine.