Trail & Fields

Today felt like a perfect summer day, it was ideal for riding. We got out with Char and SeaB and made a good loop, both horses were awesome. We are seeing a tiny bit of red starting to appear and some test rows of corn that have been cut. A summer type day with a few signs of fall slipping in.

Rain & Inside Play

Mara and I had a good change of pace in the indoor arena this afternoon. Lunging and stepping over poles, bending and flexing. We don’t often play inside so today’s rain provided us the chance. We looked ‘out’ rather than looking down the trail.

Horses then Gophers

On our way to the Gopher game today we stopped to have some Mara B time. Mara was caked in mud! It took two of us to groom her, we let her have some free play in the outdoor arena and a little snack time. It was then a day off from riding for Mara, while Jay and I went to watch the Gopher football team “row the boat.”

Fencing and Showering 

Riding out we stopped to say hello to the guys who were repairing the paddock fence that had gone down yesterday. Mara and I had such a relaxing ride time today, we both enjoyed a slow saunter and took in the sights.  Mara received a good spray down after our ride and she loved the rinse off. Of course she had rolled already by the time I drove out the driveway.

Early Morning Ride

Getting to the barn early this morning was a real treat. A few horses were still in stalls, the barn cat was still snoozing and there was a peaceful stillness. Mara and I had such a pleasant ride out, with the golden morning sunlight being a highlight. A sweet way to start the day.

Visitors From Honduras

Julissa, Andrew and Rogelio who are from Honduras, stopped by the stable this morning hoping for a little horse time! I arrived, we visited and then all enjoyed some Mara B activities. We brought her in from the paddock, groomed her, saddled her up, and Andrew had some ride time. Fun to share Mara B with delightful folks. We rode off as they drove away and we all waved to each other as new friends. Horses bring us together.

Doors in the Woods!

Melodee and Spice and Mara B and I had a great ride together this afternoon, but our horses got very hot and sweaty. Because today was back to August like temps, and the horses are now getting longer thicker hair.  As you see, Brutus had it all figured out, and simply enjoyed the cool cement floor. Of course finding doors in the woods was the biggest event of the ride!

Farewell & a Loop

Today was our farewell to Anastasia and John of Yesterday we had our last photo shoot and we concluded an amazing experience with these two wonderful people. They drove off to Virginia this afternoon and Mara and I were off on a lovely ride with Jennifer and Bella. We shall all stay tuned for what’s next!

Mara’s Energy Burst

Jay visited Mara B with me this afternoon. It was clear she had energy to spare after she nipped me when I was cleaning her hoofs. So Mara got some free time in the outdoor arena and she loved it. We have our final interview and photo shoot with Anastasia and John of tomorrow. They will depart for Northern Virginia on Monday, what a marvelous experience we have had with them. Please send them your support if equine therapy is an interest to you too. Thank you.

University & Ride Day

Today we joined up with Char and SeaB for a nice ride together on a gorgeous afternoon. We met up with other stablemates along the way who were also out riding. While Anastasia and John made two presentations at the University of Wisconsin River Falls. It’s been great that they could share their project with the Equine program students. Mara B and I have had some interesting days this week!