Mara B and I had such a peaceful noontime ride today. The sounds of birds and the fresh smell of the earth were very noticeable. We spotted cardinals and robins, heard Woodpeckers and a Pheasant. Two deer and a Turkey passed in front of us. A large tree recently fell.
We saw a ‘sand slide’ from all the recent spring rain.
Enjoyed stopping to visit Peanut on the way back to the barn.
The sights and sounds of springtime renewal were all around us.
Mara B and I rode in support of World Semicolon Day 2019 this afternoon. If you’re not familiar with Project Semicolon it is an international movement to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention. We hope you will learn more and share what you learn about Project Semicolon with those you are close to. It’s about no more self harm….
Our ride was the peaceful quiet lane we love. Today we spotted the return of the neighborhood goats we enjoy saying hello to.
Mara B and I reflected on Benjamin and the healing comfort offered us through the beauty of animals and nature.
Nurturing our mental and emotional health is critical for us all.
Watch Mara B get up off the ground, I found her resting when I arrived today, and was able to photograph her getting back up.
Yes, there are a few phases missing, but you get the gist!
Our ride time was circling the fields and doing lots of big serpentines crisscrossing back and forth. It felt like doing “drills” and was a good challenge and change up to our routine.
Still some real soupy wet spots out there (in the far corner ahead) Mara B doesn’t like that type of footing and she gave me a bit of a dance when we hit a super soaked wet area. I know her preferences, so we then changed direction, since I’m not a fighter. Our ride time and exercise drills felt like a refreshing start to the week.
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.
Mara B and the stall horses stayed in today! We are experiencing a ‘bomb cyclone’ in this part of Wisconsin. My morning started with a text from Pat letting me know that Mara B was tucked in her stall for the day due to this crazy weather. We’ve simply been listening to the wind howl and watching snow, rain, hail and sleet pound us.
Not having my connection time with Mara actually feels odd since it’s my daily groove and comforting companionship activity. (I’m sort of driven to spend time with her and to ‘care’ for her.) However Pat told me the roads were horrible so I stayed home today. At least I have Jay and Lindy here and a good book to read (fyi: “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane” by: Lisa See) in case you’re stuck inside due to the weather too.
As I’ve said before, weather does play into our horse time experiences.
Thanks to the work crew at the stable, we’re very grateful for each of you, a day like today highlights your huge contribution to caring for our special horses.
Mara B and I thought of today’s ride as a conditioning workout. We love being on the soft ground in the back fields and know that in no time Spring planting will be happening there. Seeing this equipment as we rode out reminds us our days in the fields are limited.
We circled the back field twice in opposite directions, added in some trotting plus went up and down gradual inclines for Mara’s “conditioning” session.
All while appreciating the gorgeous sky above us.
Mara B and I left Bo in a stall and headed off this afternoon in another new direction for a spring ride.
The footing was quite squishy but the path is one of our favorites. Our first new observation was that the old barn had been knocked down since we last rode past.
We were guessing maybe this bulldozer was used to demolish that barn.
Our practice session then started when Mara B spotted these two guys ahead on the road. Plus two piles of covered wood. Both were “new” landmarks for us and Mara B did not like them and I didn’t like her ‘up’ reaction so I simply dismounted.
We walked up to those two men who told us they were there putting up a turkey blind. One guy said to me “thought you were supposed to ride the horse” yes I explained “I prefer to ride too but she found you scary!” Then I remounted and we rode the rest of the way home.
Every ride is a training/practice ride of sorts and today’s ride reminded me of that fact.
Mara and I started our time together with the Vet this morning. It was time for her spring shots and annual blood work for her thyroid condition. Mara B has received daily medication for the past year to balance her thyroid and it’s working very well.
Then it was off for a quiet ride in the spring mist. Silence and stillness surrounded us in the light mist, and it was very peaceful and beautiful.
We passed next to where manure is now being spread on the fields, which is another ritual of the season.
The soft ground, mild temperatures and stillness made for a great outing for us.
This afternoon major spring cleaning of the front paddock was happening. It entertains me to watch the horses ‘deal’ with all the action of the process, as you see it doesn’t concern them!
Our ride time was lapping the back fields where I saw the roofing issues at the neighboring stable for the first time. Plus we still spotted a few patches of snow on the trails.
The fields provide great footing for riding now, and Mara and I appreciated the ‘just right’ feel under foot this afternoon.