Spring Burning

Mara and I were just past Sam’s this afternoon when we saw there has already been a spring burn, the grass management program used to revitalize the prairie.

Another wonderful sign of spring we enjoyed on today’s ride were new pussy willows starting to appear.

And on our walk back to the stable, Julie, Lulu and their pups stopped to say hello which Mara and I both liked. We had such a pleasant and peaceful midweek jaunt.

Sweet Visit

Mara B was lucky to meet “Aunts” (and followers) Beth and Kay today! They were sweet visitors and great groomers. We all enjoyed the horse time plus the beautiful warm weather together. Mara B and I then rode across M to Swedish Mission Road for our outing. Mara gave me a little spring spin around on the way back, not sure why? There were no “issues” so we regrouped and calmly continued on our way. Spring riding can tend to be a bit of starting over again….

Kathryn & Anna

Kathryn was today’s photographer! She joined Anna and Phoenix and Mara and me for a great hike/ride on a good half of the Meyers loop. We even met up with Alanna and her sister who rode the entire loop. It was a terrific Saturday trail ride for all of us.

The Breeder & Snowshoe Tracks!

Mara and I rode through the Meyer farm this morning and met up with the AI Breeder who had an appointment with a couple of heifers, we said hello and chatted a few minutes. Continuing on to the field road we surprisingly saw fresh snowshoe tracks! On the return back through the farm we had a little cow communication because both Mara and the cows got a little nervous. It was a great spring ride with some new views for both of us.

Blue & White

Mara and I enjoyed crystal clear blue skies on today’s ride. We rode through long rows of white snowy cornfield stubble, and around the edge of woods. The sun warmed us and the winds were still, it was mostly silent except for the occasional bird sounds, ideal conditions. Mara even cleaned her legs to her fetlocks (horses’s ankle) by going through the fresh snow, which was an added bonus!

Devine, Brutus & Dogwoods

Mara B and I had such great walking companions on our ride this morning! Devine and Lorrie had a short outing with us and then Brutus joined Mara and me as we headed off down 880th. We talked to the Speedy Delivery driver, waved a few times to the Schwan’s truck and what really caught our eye was the brilliant Red Twig Dogwoods we passed along the way.

Up Around & Down

Mara and I had good ride time together today! First, to the top of the cow pasture, two deer joined us coming from the corn field, we watched them jump into the lower cow pasture and dart up to the top ahead of us. We then circled around the upper pasture and appreciated the views, and were impressed to see the beautiful oak leaves that had hung on all through the winter. Our ride continued down the road to Sam’s and on the way home we met another walker who we said hello to and chatted with. It felt like Spring!

New Spring Views

Mara and I had an energizing morning ride with Alanna and Allegro today. We rode through the Meyer Farm and went off the field road to walk the fence line between their pasture and corn field. Providing us some new views because we had not been over here since late last fall. We observed turkeys along the way, greeted the cows in the feedlot and enjoyed the long views of the power lines.

Clouds and Tractors

Today Mara and I were seeing some of the big tractors and farm equipment out of storage and being cleaned and inspected, a good sign of Spring we think. Our ride time out back was all about enjoying the beautiful blue sky and big fluffy clouds. The footing is still very mixed between snow and very wet/muddy ground which is contributing to help condition Mara a little bit more each ride.

4/4 Snow Ride

Mara B had a good lunging session in the indoor arena this afternoon, she really wanted to move out. Then we saddled up for an early April snow ride around the barnyard, rather deep snow too! We walked past the maple syrup collection buckets which is hopefully a sign of real spring, arriving soon.