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.

Cats and Cow Pasture

Mara and I enjoy the three Barn cats and they all joined us again for our grooming and food time this morning. After cleaning Mara as best I could, we then headed to the Cow Pasture and rode along the fence line and hiked up and down some gentle slopes and inclines for Mara’s benefit!

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.

Endurance Ride

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!

Simple Pleasures

Sharing simple pleasures of the day with you. Mara was with Maddi and I ran into cute Molly on the trail today. A few of the simple pleasures we enjoyed seeing were sea birds, sailboats, sandcastles, waves and colorful sun umbrellas. ☀️

Triple S

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.

Rosie + Peanut 


Rosie is the new horse in Mara’s paddock and the two mares have been ignoring each other! Peanut the popular stable pony happened to be in the barn this afternoon and we learned that he is 22 years old! It’s always fun to say hi to Peanut. Mara and I spent our time in the indoor arena stretching and moving and then she had some food and grooming. Special cat JAC (aka Socks) who often keeps us company joined us again today, and we like that. These pals warmed us up on one more very cold day.

Fur Friends/Animal Pals


My Mara B time this morning was very cold, wind chills were the issue. I found it too chilly to do much, however our paddock pals and the animal friends around River Brink did not seem to really notice.  So not a lot of moving for Ms Mara, just grooming and eating again. As I’ve said before, weather plays a major factor in my horse activities!

Routines 


Mara and I had a routine visit today, routine in the sense that our time together does generally follow a pattern. Greetings in the paddock, arena time for her to get some exercise, grooming and cleaning her hoofs plus she always has a bite to eat. Our Barn cats are also a part of the daily routines, they also, always want me to give them some food. Temps this morning were back to too cold to do much else.