Sunny Sweet September

Think of your best adjectives for a lovely September day! Those words will also describe today’s amble with Mara B. We enjoyed a beautiful, bright, clear afternoon ride and soaked in September.

Here’s why we see so many deer.

A delightful ride for us to share.

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.

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.

Soybean Surprise & Flying Camera

Kim and Rio and Mara and I headed out on a double loop ride this morning. We had a perfect relaxed pace, we cantered up the hill on the Meyers road and we savored the sights along the way.

On the second loop we were between the woods and a soybean field just ready to turn the corner to head over the dike. All was calm, I stopped to take a photo when a bird in the soybean field ‘got us!’ Mara did a huge swing around so Rio did the same and Kim went off. Darn. My camera went flying off too. Thank Goodness, Kim got up and was alright, amen. This was a scary situation for all of us.

We calmed the horses, caught our breath and remounted for a peaceful walk back to the Barn.

Then Pat let us use his ATV to return to the site of the mishap and we even found my camera!

There are hidden hazards on the trail, today we experienced a very real and dangerous situation. I do love the peaceful tranquility of trail riding and believe our horses are solid trail horses however they are real horses and there are real risks on trail rides. I’m so grateful all ended well for Kim and me this time.

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.)