1/2 In 1/2 Out

Mara B was waiting for me today! Half of our afternoon ride time was in the indoor arena due to very gusty winds. I enjoyed our warmup trotting circles and Mara seemed to as well.

However I’m drawn to ride outside so we also took a swing around the stable grounds and up, down & around a back field. Mara gets to extend her legs and climbing the slight incline of the hill is good conditioning for her. It feels satisfying to me to ride outside but I will admit the wind got the best of me on the way home this time.

Mara B was a good horse and a real trooper! We all know weather plays a big factor in trail riding.

Green Blue White

Mara B and I had just about the perfect ride together this afternoon! She was wonderful, the day glorious and the colors around us very sharp and vivid. Lush green, blue blue sky, white fluffy clouds plus a sprinkle of springtime yellow tossed in, surrounded us everywhere we looked.

A light breeze came up as we headed home and I caught this picture of Mara’s white mane!

It looked magical to me. Everything came together on this ride for what I’d call a near perfect human|horse|nature connection, or close enough. Sweet!

Back View

Mara B and I had a solo ride around the two back fields that have not yet been planted. Observing a burst of spring growth this first really warm day of May. Our rest in the shade was actually welcome and refreshing.

Rarely is the back pasture gate open, however today it was, so we rode through those gates for a little exploring. Thus today’s photos show the back view of the stables indoor arena and back paddocks where Mara B lives.

We stopped and took in the back view for a few minutes, then spotted these darling purple flowers on the way back the the barn.

I delight in spotting the small, simple treats of nature, then sharing them with you.

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.

Gardeners Gardening

Before we get to today’s gardening story, I have to explain that Mara B tried to bite me. As I was mounting, Mara swung her head around to bite me, however her teeth caught the strap of my over the shoulder purse/camera/phone case I wear and broke the strap. This negative behavior from Mara is very rare but not unprecedented. I was annoyed, and Mara and I headed directly to the round pen where she had extra exercise time so she “understood” her error.

No issues what so ever after we left the round pen. Off we went and enjoyed a lovely ride together. We observed gardeners working in their gardens, daffodils and rhubarb today.

Now I need to find a replacement carrier for my phone and camera.

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.

Special Pairs

Jay and Mara B are a special pair and they enjoyed their Saturday afternoon time together.

Jay hiked along with us plus took today’s photos to share. While we remembered special barn dogs I’ve enjoyed over my horse years, including Jumbo, Vegas and Brutus. I have been lucky to have these special dogs pair up with me on many wonderful rides.

Jay and Mara B are well connected on our outings together!

We are looking for a real return to spring.

Hair A Flyin’

When we arrived this afternoon we found Mara and her paddock pals all relaxing together. Such a cute herd of mares.

Then Jay did a wonderful job of grooming Ms Mara B and she is certainly shedding. When brushing Mara today, there was hair everywhere as well as all over Jay. The brisk afternoon winds were blowing hair, horse and human.

A bright, breezy, bonding time with Mara B.

Squishy

The ground is also mushy, soft, muddy and spongy! Please notice the side of Mara’s face, she is simply dirty from winter crud and stall crud. Today the spring mud found us.

Mara B and I saw the signs of mud season everywhere.

We had a lovely walk out around the neighborhood for a new view and looked for all things green.

Welcome to the spring equinox.

Bo Stayed In

Mara B and I wanted to ride to the Meyer Farm this afternoon so we left Bo behind in a stall. We really enjoy having him ride along when he does join us, however the Meyers do not want dog visits, so Bo stayed home. It’s been months since we’ve been to the Meyer Farm and it was fun to return today.

We met up with serious ice before getting to the field service road, and I didn’t want to dismount or walk Mara over it, so we just greeted the cows turned around and headed to Sam’s.

The conditions were wonderful, I’m even back to wearing actual riding boots not winter boots and a down vest not a jacket!

Mara B was great and it’s energizing for us to be less contained. Spring felt marvelous this March day. Now we’ll end with the latest note on the barn message board, I chuckled when I read it.