Horses then Gophers


On our way to the Gopher game today we stopped to have some Mara B time. Mara was caked in mud! It took two of us to groom her, we let her have some free play in the outdoor arena and a little snack time. It was then a day off from riding for Mara, while Jay and I went to watch the Gopher football team “row the boat.”

Early Morning Ride


Getting to the barn early this morning was a real treat. A few horses were still in stalls, the barn cat was still snoozing and there was a peaceful stillness. Mara and I had such a pleasant ride out, with the golden morning sunlight being a highlight. A sweet way to start the day.

Doors in the Woods!


Melodee and Spice and Mara B and I had a great ride together this afternoon, but our horses got very hot and sweaty. Because today was back to August like temps, and the horses are now getting longer thicker hair.  As you see, Brutus had it all figured out, and simply enjoyed the cool cement floor. Of course finding doors in the woods was the biggest event of the ride!

A Few Firsts 


First day of school today plus my first day of interviewing with Anastasia and John for equusfilm.org

Jay, Peter and I are each individually being interviewed for their documentary film on equine therapy. This is quite an amazing and emotional first for all of us, so my afternoon with Mara proved calming and relaxing to balance it all.

End of August


Today we saw many signs of farm equipment moving and soy bean fields turning yellow. Mara and I had a very good ride with fabulous weather. We rode to the Meyer Farm, turned around and enjoyed the same route in reverse to return back to the barn. The day was beautiful, Mara was great and August ended with a fun ride.

Back to School


Mara was eating away and covered in green hay dust when I first saw her this afternoon! Now, summer is concluding because we said farewell to Annika who is off to start second grade. Annika had summer riding lessons with Grandma Cindy and we really enjoyed seeing her around the stable. We will soon be saddling up for fall rides, wow.

Companionship 


Mara was in the weeds when I arrived this afternoon. The day was moist and clouds were hanging overhead so we headed directly to the barn. Companionship was what we enjoyed together this visit, through grooming, eating and relaxing side by side.

A Brisk Walk


We rode off through the Meyers Farm headed for the ‘parked’ old/retired equipment spot as our destination. The wind was up, the temps on the cool side and we were riding solo, I also had a new saddle pad on Mara. She walked briskly most of the ride, so I’m not certain which factor or factors played into her pace, but we covered some ground on this ride. Good exercise!

Ideal Summer Ride


Kim and I took Rio and Mara on a good long ride this afternoon with ideal conditions. We rode down a new road and saw a darling little front yard “hobby barn” which housed a goat, bunny, pig and a chicken all together! We even went “up on top” off the Meyers loop for some fabulous views. I’d say the horses enjoyed the outing as much as the humans.

Windy Walk


Mara and I were out with Kim and Rio this afternoon. Tree branches were swaying, corn stalks were waving and Mara’s mane was blowing in the breeze. The route can be familiar but the conditions are always varied, making each trail ride unique.