Flower Time

Sunday afternoon Jay and I decided it was time to daydream about flowers. Mara B seemed to be in agreement.

We had arena time, grooming and it’s now obvious that Mara is shedding.

Sunday afternoon the pasture horses were running and playing! And we loved watching the action when we returned Mara to her paddock.

No photos of Jay darn, because he was our photographer. Today’s (Monday) visit with Mara was quiet, low key and mellow, with cold temperatures again restricting our activities.

Plenty of Hay & Lights On

Brrrr, frigid, or freezing however you say it, it’s cold. This afternoon it was around zero when I arrived and all the stable horses had plenty of hay to munch on which helps to keep them warm.

My three, four legged friends and I had arena play time together before I groomed and cleaned Mara.

Wanting to have a little ‘ride’ time I sat bareback on Mara B and that was good bonding, chatting time for us.

All of the lights on in the barn help some to keep the temps up, but you can see from this inside door that the bitter temperatures are tough to deal with.

Of course Mara B warmed my heart and she’s so hardy, that she didn’t complain at all about the cold today. It was a pleasant visit for me.

Apple Treats & More Practice

Some kind person at the Barn left a paper bag of free apples for the horses to eat. Mara who is on such a strict diet is getting to have one a day and loving them. Mara even knows the sound of the wrestling bag when I put my hand in there to find the perfect apple for her!

Tera and Rosie felt like more trail riding practice so they joined us on a ride around the Meyer loop again this afternoon. Rosie was noticeably more relaxed on this second ride.

A low key and successful practice ride for everyone.

Round with Rosie & No Reins

Tera and Rosie rode with us this morning on their first ever trail ride around the Meyer loop. Rosie was wonderful and enjoyed covering some new territory! It was special and fun for everyone.

Returning to the barn we met up with other riders and joined them on the dairy loop.

Alanna rode Allegro with no reins, because she rode him bridleless! Yes, that was with no bridle, wow. The amazing bond between horse and rider was powerful and cool to observe. Alanna rode with leg aids rather than reins!

An excellent Barn/riding day with many different horses and horse gals. It felt like trail riding in the classic traditional sense.

Bridle On


Mara and I had fun arena activity this afternoon. She had lunge line time and then I put her bridle on right over her halter for some overdue ride time. Mara is chubby and hairy and so I rode bareback! Just walking circles, but having her back in her bridle and for me to have a little ride was pleasant. Bareback riding has not been my mode in decades, but it was warm and good for me to try again.