New & Changing

A darling new cat calls the barn home now, he joins the three cats already there. Not certain of his name, but he’s very sweet and friendly and Mara and I are enjoying getting to know him.

The landscape on the Meyer loop has changes on the horizon. Signs of those changes are already evident. An old farmstead has had a few buildings torn down and adjacent farm land is being surveyed to sell off as 3 to 5 acre parcels. 

Mara B and I will watch the future changes and share updates along the way. However today we completed the old familiar loop and appreciated the quiet, stillness and wide open space we get to ride through.

As the new changes start to appear we’ll continue to appreciate both the empty fields and the friendly barn cats. Happy Friday and happy trails to you.

Helen & Helen

This morning I visited Mara B to give her exercise time and to have my ride time. Mara B thundered around the outdoor arena, she was wild! Our ride was good after she successfully expended her energy.

I said good bye and retuned Mara to her paddock. Knowing I was returning later in the day for our special visit with Helen, Ken and Gabe!

Well I must admit Mara B was not completely hospitable on our second visit today! She seemed to be saying, “I did my stuff once already and I’m not doing any more today!” Oh my, not pleasant for my sweet niece, Helen.

Horses….they have a mind of their own! Gabe was delighted to wrap up our barn visit with petting Socks (aka: JAC.)

Mara B and I will start over again tomorrow. We can always start over.

Mara Boo

Gabe joined me this afternoon for some barn time and he gave Mara B the new nickname of Mara Boo! While Gabe climbed snow piles, and I brushed her, Mara ate hay and enjoyed our attention.

Gabe really really enjoyed Socks and Bo though more than any horse.

It’s been unique to slow my pace way way down and to see the barn through a little boys view. The barn, that magical place for all ages to take pleasure in.

Warm Pup Cold Drink

Mara B and I are in a deep freeze in Western Wisconsin, so our activities have been limited. Today we enjoyed the warmth of pup Bo hanging out with us.

Mara enjoyed some run around time in the indoor arena, and Bo played along too but was distracted when finding road apples to chew on.

JAC the cat (aka Socks) and Bo and I chatted while Mara nibbled on some hay. When she returned to her paddock she took a long icy cold drink.

Dog, cat and horse we’re my wonderful ‘warm’ companions on this bitter cold day.

Cat/Cleanup/Compliant

Today when I went to bring Mara B in, JAC (aka: Socks) marched right out to her paddock with me! It’s always a fun treat to have that extra special companionship at the barn.

While Mara nibbled on hay I spent a good deal of time really cleaning her up, and she needed it.

I wanted to let her have free ‘run around’ time in the indoor arena, however I was not able to pull the side door down. Instead I set up a little barrier, and she was very compliant and respectful of it. So Mara did get to dash about and expend her energy while I enjoyed seeing how she respected the blockade!

I had some pleasant human horse/cat/dog interactions this Monday afternoon.

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.

Peonies & Racoon

Mara B and I had a beautiful walk along the back trail this afternoon. The leaves are so huge, the hay field has not yet been cut and we checked the height of the corn.

We thought the peonies were a highlight of the ride, however on the way back we had our first ever Raccoon sighting. The raccoon came out of the cornfield, ran up the trail in front of us before crossing into the woods! (sorry it was so fast there are no photos you need to use your imagination.)

Returning to the Barn, Mara nibbled on some hay and I relaxed on “the bench” with JAC (aka Socks.)

Some sweet summer.

Sun, Cats and Deer

We welcomed some warmish sunshine this afternoon and the Barn cats were all out sunning. Mara B and I rode through the corn field to the backside of the neighboring stable. Six deer at least kept coming in and out of the woods into the field we were in, for some reason they did not want to “run away” today. Deer do not bother Mara so they were only entertainment for us not an issue for us. Our return trip was along side the cow pasture fence on some drier ground.