A Little Relaxation

Mara B got the day off from Dr Ed, he said not to ride today to let yesterday’s treatment settle in. So we had some easygoing low key time and a hand walk down the road together.

Relaxed grooming, snacking and strolling with Mara was a pleasant change of pace.

Still & Shade

Mara and I had a morning ride with very quiet and still conditions, so peaceful and calm. We took the shady back trail to the road behind the neighborhood stable.

Only “sighting” was the neighborhood stable horses out grazing.

We rode the length of the road both directions and returned to the barn via the same shaded trail. Summer heat had warmed us both up.

Mara B was wonderful and we both had a pleasant outing, we then saw Mara’s buddies relaxing in the shade when we turned the corner back at the barn.

A warm and lovely summer day in Wisconsin.

Apples and Acorns

Rio and Kim and Mara and I headed up to the cow pasture this morning and since there are no cows there this summer we delighted in strolling through the apple orchard.

We saw acorns and enjoyed the woods too.

We rode the dairy loop next and I’ll end today’s post with one of my favorite views from there.

A great Thursday ride. (Thanks for your additional photos Kim.)

Seventeen Kayaks

Great ride this morning with Tiff and Frank and Kim and Rio. We headed to the river and made it right to the water beautifully with Frank leading the way down.

Frank, Mara and Rio all enjoyed a drink and rest at the water before we crossed to the other side and headed to the Dam.

We were at this point (next photo) on the ride when a steady stream of seventeen kayaks floated our way! I was too focused at the moment to take pictures, this one is from after the fact. Mara was fine for the first ten or so and then she started to question what’s up.

I felt she was “up” and we had some struggles but we completed the ride in good shape and all enjoyed the adventure.

The three horses had a relaxed walk home, while the three horsegals reflected on the ride. Tiff was our super wrangler and Frank our calm steady rock star.

Round Pen & A Solo

Mara seems to be in pretty good shape these days, so I like to warm her up in the round pen before we ride off. Today she really moved out, warmed up and enjoyed her fast free movement time.

This works for both of us since I ride at a slower pace! We then enjoyed a perfect peaceful solo ride around the dairy loop. We went over both of the dam/dike sections beautifully which made me proud, as I have had trepidation about those areas riding alone but today I did it. (Mara B has more confidence than I do at times I think.)

My observation for the day was seeing all the climbing vines growing on trees and fences that we passed.

A good start to August for us.

End of July

Good ride today to wrap up the month of July! With Kim and Rio, Mara and I covered some different tracks. From County Road M to our quiet neighborhood street. We encountered a dump truck, a tractor a speedy delivery truck and plenty of cars. The horses are really good about it.

We even went down a private driveway (by invitation) and saw the neighboring steer roping setup that I had not seen before.

Continued to the power line road and rode to the upper fields with great views.

Rio and Mara were wonderful, both were very warm, and the riders were feeling their knees by the time we returned to the barn. Great last day of July ride for us. (Thanks for your photos Kim.)

Enjoyed the Youngins

A new pup at the stable! We met Breyer today and will be delighted to watch him grow.

Kim and Rio and Mara and I rode a fun double loop this morning and also stopped to check on Barbies young foal, he was very engaged with us!

We had a gorgeous calm summer day for a perfect trail ride.

Returned to the Barn and met up with our super special young horse pals!

Feeling young at heart too.

Bridle Path & Soybeans

Mara B and I shared later afternoon ride time together but first I trimmed up her bridle path to keep her looking sharp!

We mostly spent time in the outdoor arena trotting patterns and then went out around to inspect the stable grounds looking for interesting photos that I post on our Instagram account.

We both warmed up, found some interesting shots and appreciated the exercise time.

Motorcycle, Horses & Semi

Mara B and I saw three distinct modes of transportation during our time together today. Always fun to see Tyler pull up on his motorcycle, Mara B enjoys him as much as I do and today we checked out his new Harley. (I asked about his tee shirt, and Tyler explained he rides as a security team member on a Breast Cancer Motorcycle Fundraising Ride!)

Returning from down the road we got to chat with pals Cindy and Jackie on their lovely Icelandic horses.

Mara and I then turned back around and returned towards Sam’s again to avoid the Semi truck that was maneuvering around and parking at the farm we would need to walk past.

It was also garbage pick up day but at least we missed the garbage truck!

Compost & Color Change

Today’s ride with Kim and Rio took us on a zig zag route around the dairy loop. First stop was seeing all the round bales that had been rained on so they had to go to the compost pile, darn.

We also saw the first field turning from green to golden already.

The trail had been mowed in a few sections which we did appreciate. We continued along the edge of a mowed hay field, Rio and Kim enjoyed some shade when we stopped to rest, and Mara B and Rio were two great trail ponies!

A peaceful ride with some good views.