YouTube Filming

My neighbor Matthew was out of school today so he joined us at the barn to do filming for his YouTube channel. Today his project was “winter horse time.” Matthew filmed Mara B, SeaB, the Icelandic horses and the pasture herd.

Mara remembers Matthew and really likes him. The Icies enjoyed being filmed too.

We filmed in the indoor arena to warm up as it was 19 degrees outside today.

Thanks for joining us this afternoon Matthew, I look forward to seeing your completed project.

Doors are Closed

The heat is now on in the barn and all the barn doors have been shut. Mara B was definitely ready to come into the barn for our visit today. It was cold, rainy, and windy.

Mara enjoyed her hay while I attempted to clean her up before heading to the indoor arena. We are not big fans of the indoor arena, however she did enjoy free time to race around today.

The next few days look like more questionable outdoor riding weather. So Mara and I are just dreaming of our next ride outside together.

Most days I think ahead to where we may ride and then I love to review the rides in my head when I’m back home.

192 Years of Horse Love

Today childhood horse pal Ann, plus special horsey cousin Maura visited Ms Mara with me, and amazingly our combined ages equal 192! The three of us represent the ageless horse gals everywhere. We all had a fun time taking care of and enjoying Mara B together.

Between reminiscing about our fabulous old horses, horse pals from childhood and our riding adventures, we groomed Mara and introduced Ann to River Brink. Then we saddled up Mara for Ann to have a little “back in the saddle” experience.

Wonderful to reminisce, share Mara, and share horse love with two significant horsewomen.

September Sun

Mara B and I had a later afternoon ride today and the angle of the sun was beautiful.

The conditions were what I like, very calm, quiet and still.

It was one lovely view after another this afternoon!

And new Barn pup Bo greeted us when we returned to the Barn.

Happy Labor Day Weekend to all our wonderful Mara Moments followers, thank you for riding along with us, we appreciate your support. 💛☀️🐎 Helen

Soybean Surprise & Flying Camera

Kim and Rio and Mara and I headed out on a double loop ride this morning. We had a perfect relaxed pace, we cantered up the hill on the Meyers road and we savored the sights along the way.

On the second loop we were between the woods and a soybean field just ready to turn the corner to head over the dike. All was calm, I stopped to take a photo when a bird in the soybean field ‘got us!’ Mara did a huge swing around so Rio did the same and Kim went off. Darn. My camera went flying off too. Thank Goodness, Kim got up and was alright, amen. This was a scary situation for all of us.

We calmed the horses, caught our breath and remounted for a peaceful walk back to the Barn.

Then Pat let us use his ATV to return to the site of the mishap and we even found my camera!

There are hidden hazards on the trail, today we experienced a very real and dangerous situation. I do love the peaceful tranquility of trail riding and believe our horses are solid trail horses however they are real horses and there are real risks on trail rides. I’m so grateful all ended well for Kim and me this time.

Four Years

Four years ago today we bought Mara B! It was a big decision a big commitment and an experience that has helped me in many many ways. Mara B is the horse of my heart and has slipped in some soft soothing music to my days.

Today we had an excellent solo ride around the dairy loop that we dedicated to Benjamin. Walking under the gorgeous sky and among the peace and beauty of the fields and woods with Mara is delightful as well as calming for me. I’m grateful that we share our nature walks together.

Sharing Mara B with others, talking about Equine Therapy plus pals at the Barn are a few of the lovely things that Mara B has brought to us these past four years. Thank you Mara, love you Mara B!

Bea + Honey

Nancy brought Bea to visit Mara B this morning and we all had a honey of a time!

A big thank you to Jackie and Sophia who shared their Honey with us providing Bea and Nanc with an awesome horse adventure.

Mara B and I loved watching them enjoy Honey and friends.

Honey always lives up to her name and was a sweetie. Hope to see you again Bea!

Horseshoes and Cha-Ching Cha-Ching

Mara was reshod this morning which took up much of our connection time today.

And Barbie’s colt has received his name! It’s Cha-Ching Cha-Ching his owner Julie told me yesterday.

So today I thought I’d mention to the horse lovers who are following Mara Moments and are without your own horse to please keep in mind the financial reality of owning your own horse. Board, Vet, farrier, equipment, emergencies plus other variables can be costly. Mara Moments does try to be real and share our true experiences, so today’s topic is an important one.

Owning your own horse is truly a wonderful adventure, but please know/remember that owning a horse requires both time and money.

To me it’s also priceless therapy that I’m grateful for.

Sweetest Treats & Quiet Ride Mask

Anika who enjoys riding lessons on Mondays at River Brink brought horse treats for her pals today! It was super sweet and made my day.

What a stash for the horses! Plus Mara B has a new ‘Quiet Ride Fly Mask’ that we tried out today and I’m glad we did, the gnats were certainly around.

Kim and Rio rode with us and we dedicated our ride to Matthew and Joseph today.

The peace of nature was soothing.

Settling In

Mara was very happy to see us this afternoon, she’s not quite one hundred percent settled in her new spot yet. So Jay and I reassured her, groomed her and spent calm quiet time together in the indoor arena.

Then we walked around the backside of her new paddock area for a good look around.

Soon we will all be comfortable and settled in the new groove. Now it’s Kentucky Derby time.