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.
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.
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.
Mara is starting to watch for our return while Jay and I are on a long endurance ride back . Looking forward to our sweet reunion!
Sun, sand and sea for me today while Mara B enjoys Maddi and our paddock friends at home. Mara gets to try some new connections while I stride along the salty sea with Joe and Jay this week. A change of routine and rituals for both of us.