The spring ritual of scraping clean the paddocks has now begun! When I arrived at the barn early this morning I could see the neat piles of manure waiting to be transported and spread on the fields. The horses are used to these activities happening around them.
Arriving early today allowed me to chat with Maddi and to meet her darling new therapy dog in training, Huck! Mara and I loved his energy and enthusiasm.
Ride time took us out back around the hay field and around the corn field stubble, because before long they will be plowing and planting back there. Still a sliver of snow left on the trail along the woods. Mara and I enjoyed the early morning time together.
Time to change my boots! So today I switched from wearing winter boots to muck boots. Mara B and two of her pals were relaxing together when I arrived early this morning to beat a predicted late spring snow storm. Mara and I just had grooming and ground games in the indoor arena together and took the day “off” as a snow day! On our way back to her paddock we saw the pasture horses in their upper pasture hunkered down for the weather that’s supposedly on it’s way. Hopefully Mara B can hang on to her place in the shelter tonight.
The most exciting part of today’s Barn time, was when the cows got loose! Mara B and I were having a quiet inside day and were riding in the arena when it was announced that the cows were loose! Well, Mara and I headed out the door to investigate, to observe and to try to join in the roundup. While taking these photos of the cattle dashing past us, Mara knocked me over and then she was loose too, maybe she’s not a true cow pony yet…. As things calmed down I did get back in the saddle and we watched the gate close on all the cows back in their paddock. Where was Pete?
Monday was quiet around the Barn, Mara and I had the place to ourselves for our grooming and ride time, which is rather unusual. We had skills and drills, circles and trotting plus plenty of calm walking around the indoor to give Mara needed exercise out of her very muddy, soupy paddock. Some pleasant horse time before the afternoon rain arrived.