Pam trailered Athena to River Brink to ride a loop with us this morning. It was an ideal relaxed summer trail ride.
We rode past Daisies and Baby on the way home. ( Baby would not come out of the shelter however.)
Then it was loading into the trailer practice for Bella, Kol and Mara B. (thanks Pam.) Mara loaded in and out twice, just beautifully and it was fun to see her do something a little out of our ordinary routine. Mara was calm and quiet about it all.
photos were too tough to take during the actual “practice” as I can only do one thing at a time, and I was focused on the loading process and having a calm horse back out of the trailer.
Kim and Rio rode with us this afternoon on the Meyer loop road, and Kim is the photographer for a few of today’s photos, thanks Kim. we had an ideal day to enjoy the sun the breeze and the fields riding this perfect peaceful sandy field road.
We saw turkeys today and were amazed at the height of the corn already.
We extended the outing off on to a side road and then returned home through the Meyer Farm again. The cows were being fed and we noticed the thistle is flowering, which looked lovely from afar.
This last day of “Spring” gave us a wonderful ride.
Mara and her pals where staying dry in their shelter when I arrived today, and Mara wasn’t even wet after a night of very heavy rain.
Mara and I then had perfect timing to ride out with Kim/Rio and Anne/Kol this morning between rain, mist and drizzle. However Kim lost both her phone case and her car key on the way to Sam’s.
Searching along the side of the road on our return to the Barn, we had no luck spotting the lost phone case. I even called it but we never heard the ringing. So we retraced our steps and headed back towards Sam’s for a second time.
Kim spotted it! I retrieved it, however there was no car key in the bag.
Low and behold I saw the key on the opposite side of the road quite a distance from the found phone case! I dismounted and picked it up! Yeah.
Three women out with their horses and a surprise twist that made for an ‘out of the ordinary’ ride this Monday morning. We were all delighted with the conclusion.
Before Mara’s vet visit this morning, Jennifer and Bella rode out with us to enjoy the morning.
One of the pasture horses seen in the photo above, walked the fence line with us on our way back, keeping Mara rather curious. We also met up with Alanna and Allegro.
Doc Ed was a bigger part of our morning though. It’s been determined that Mara has a low thyroid, so she’s been on medication for that and we are trying to figure out what level of medication she needs for it. Today was a second blood test to find that out. We also addressed her hives and the allergic reaction she had on the trail last Friday. She is now being treated for that too. Plus Ed did a chiropractic elevation on her to see what areas she needs tweaked. We sure want her to be as healthy and happy as possible! She’s so good about it all, I feel she ‘knows’ we are helping her.
I like to give Mara free time in the round pen to freely move out and expend pent up energy, that’s what we did first again today.
Then while saddling up to ride out Cindy snapped this photo showing how I have Mara ‘hold’ my chaps (thanks Cindy!) An example of how I try to have Mara calmly accept novel stimuli each day as a way to continuously build our bond of trust and her experiences.
Our ride then was walking to Sam’s and back, Mara moved out at an extended walk to really stretch her legs, it felt great.
We also found these dainty white flowers.
Mara B and I had an exceptional trail ride today. Off we headed with Char and SeaB and Jackie and Honey to cross the river and ride an enchanting and magical river trail.
On the way to the river we caught Julie out with Barbie and still unnamed Baby, we all chatted and commented on how much he’s growing.
We then continued along the edge of the field and rode ‘down’ to cross the river and find our loop.
I love this area, it’s heavily wooded, a narrow trail and magical. We delighted to see the ferns and wildflowers along the way. We do have to dismount to clean poop off the trail, (thank you Jackie) I had to dismount and get Mara to jump over a log that she refused three times. This is real trail riding.
And then Mara and I found the miserable when we got into a stretch of tall weeds that she clearly reacted to. Mara became hypersensitive and overreacted and just tried to get out of there. An ugly kind of ride, so I got off her and walked, tripped and swore for 10 minuets or so leading her to finally get “out of it.” The poor thing, she rode home great after we crossed the river to head back to the barn. I have already spoken to her Vet, this will need to be treated and managed for her. I am a highly sensitive person (look up HSP) and I know that Mara B is also highly sensitive, I understand her. My riding partners Jackie and Char were fabulous and supportive friends throughout, thank you.
Mara B and I had a beautiful walk along the back trail this afternoon. The leaves are so huge, the hay field has not yet been cut and we checked the height of the corn.
We thought the peonies were a highlight of the ride, however on the way back we had our first ever Raccoon sighting. The raccoon came out of the cornfield, ran up the trail in front of us before crossing into the woods! (sorry it was so fast there are no photos you need to use your imagination.)
Returning to the Barn, Mara nibbled on some hay and I relaxed on “the bench” with JAC (aka Socks.)
Some sweet summer.
Lorrie and Devine rode down past Sam’s with Char, SeaB, Mara and me this afternoon. We all loved smelling the fresh cut alfalfa we rode past, and we even watched Sam out in the field turning it to dry it.
Char and I then took our horses up to the top of the cow pasture where we saw a few deer, very tall grass and huge thistle. Mara and I agreed today’s outing and the aromatherapy was ‘divine.’
All so very fresh and green.
When I arrived to visit Mara B today the paddock pals were sharing the shade.
And another true sign of summer is that school’s out. So we got to chat with Wendy and Peanut (plus mom Molly.) Always a treat!
After chatting, Jennifer and Bella and Mara and I headed off to ride the dairy loop, Mara gave some hesitation and a little attitude twice when “crossing the dike sections.” Bella had to save her and take the lead…..then up we come through the bushes and find our surprise!
Julie and Lulu and pups where out on a hike! So Mara was alert to them being out there I guess. (Julie owns Barbie and the darling new foal, she said he is still unnamed.)
A fun summer surprise for all of us.
Mara and I had a rain day today. However our new neighbor from down the road arrived this week and we’re introducing him to you today!
Barbie is his mom, baby is not yet named. We will enjoy watching him grow.