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.”
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.