Long View

Mara B kindly nudged the barn cats warming up in the sun on our way out the door this morning, it was sweet. Then Tera and Rosie joined us on a ride through the Meyers Farm and up to the power line look out.

We continued around the loop and saw a tractor working in one field and one parked where they have clearly started to plow under the field.

Both Mara and Rosie where great dealing with today’s wind. However Mara was feeling “off” after our ride and received some special attention from Melodee and me before I left the stable for the day. Hopefully she’s back to feeling better already. Sandi on chore crew tonight will give her an extra special eye when she feeds her! Mara and I both appreciate their assistance.

October‘s Changing Weather

Mara and I have encountered many weather variations these past few days! Conditions change daily, yesterday it was fresh snow that greeted us on Jay’s Sunday rendezvous with Ms Mara.

Today we appreciated sunshine on our ride to the cow pasture and through cut corn fields! Some apple trees are still loaded with apples while others have only the last few hanging on.

Riding through cut fields remains a favorite place for me to ride though, it reminds me of childhood rides in North Dakota.

So it was fun to circle around a cut cornfield this morning. Mara’s coat is getting very thick and felt warm from the sunshine when I rubbed her neck!

On to Autumn

Today the last official day of summer gave us many varieties of weather! It was coolish, gray, windy, sometimes sunny and this variable weather certainly energized Mara B. This morning we started in the outdoor arena and she thundered around, Mara really wanted to move.

Mara relaxed from her “run around” time, I groomed her and saddled her up, and the weather had improved, the sun started to shine. So off we rode and Brutus made my day by trotting right along with us and joined in on our ride!

Winds were up and temps cool but our ride time was great! So now we’ll march into fall.

We hope you enjoy the autumn equinox and Harvest Moon. Thank you for riding along with us.

Handling Hay in the Heat

Ninety plus degrees this afternoon when Jay and I had our Mara B time! Every one was moving slowly. Mara enjoyed the cool of the Barn, a snack of hay and grooming.

Pat and Sam were delivering and stacking hay in the barn. We had a good chat with them.

Jay worked on installing a hay net in Mara’s stall. But he said it wasn’t hot enough to be working in a small dark enclosed space with no air moving.

I guess we’ll finish this project on a cooler day!

After the Rain

More rain around here, however Mara B and I did get out for a good ride during the dry stretch with no rain showers this afternoon.

The earth smelled ‘earthy’ the air was moist and everything felt dewy.

We had no wind and Mara was great, so it was a pleasant afternoon for us.

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

8/18

August has come and gone and it was a month of great rides for Mara B and me! Off we went this morning with Victoria and Cricket.

Mara led the way first around the dairy loop.

Plus half of the Meyers loop. The weather improved each step of the way and it turned out to be a beautiful ride with subtle colors of September starting to peak through.

Thank you Mara B for all the lovely summer rides of 2018.

A Great Double

Kim and Rio and Mara and I had an ideal day for a great morning ride! We successfully rode each of our two main riding “loops” and were delighted that the ride was peaceful and uneventful.

Large gorgeous clouds and color changes in fields along the way were our main observations.

Mara B and Rio were both marvelous mounts.

Greet & Eat

We were washed out by rain today, so Mara B and I took it as a relaxing day “off.” Mara was damp and dirt, she ate while I cleaned her up. The Barn was silent and still.

For our little outing I hand walked her down the road.

We were able to avoid the raindrops long enough for Mara to stop and nibble a few flowers along the way.

Our very wet, damp, and muddy conditions kept us off the trails….

Late August Gardens

To avoid the wet muddy trails and buggy conditions today Mara B and I rode the quiet neighborhood road this morning. It was very calm and pleasant. We did have two bicycle riders zoom around a curve toward us and we don’t often have experience with bikes, but Mara was fine and the boys really friendly.

The late summer gardens we rode past looked stunning to us! Ornamental grasses and various blooms highlighted a few of the gardens we stopped to enjoy.

The air was warm and humid and the gnats and flies were ‘bugging’ both of us. Mara did wear her “quiet ride” mask and I also put her fly mask (thanks Char) on her when she returned to her paddock. (to keep flies out of her eyes.)

It was a good change of route and routine for our Monday together.