Lesson Fun & Horsey Lunch

Alicia, Abby, Olivia and Annamaria had riding lessons with Alanna and Allegro this morning! Honey joined Mara to receive special grooming, braiding of their manes and tails and plenty of loving attention from our visitors.

Riding was fun for everyone!

And lunch with the horses very amusing!

The horses joined in on the conversation and liked eating watermelon and grapes. Some real good girl/horse/barn fun!

Chiropractic Acupuncture Appointment

Mara and I had a wonderful ride to the river and back with friends before meeting Dr. Ed at the barn this morning.

Then it was Mara’s first ever chiropractic/acupuncture ‘adjustment ‘ treatment. The process was very interesting, lasted about 40 minuets and she caught on that we were only treating her to help her feel well.

Licking, chewing and comfortable sighs from Mara B resulted. It was a little extra special tune up for her to keep her feeling her best.

Horseshoes and Cha-Ching Cha-Ching

Mara was reshod this morning which took up much of our connection time today.

And Barbie’s colt has received his name! It’s Cha-Ching Cha-Ching his owner Julie told me yesterday.

So today I thought I’d mention to the horse lovers who are following Mara Moments and are without your own horse to please keep in mind the financial reality of owning your own horse. Board, Vet, farrier, equipment, emergencies plus other variables can be costly. Mara Moments does try to be real and share our true experiences, so today’s topic is an important one.

Owning your own horse is truly a wonderful adventure, but please know/remember that owning a horse requires both time and money.

To me it’s also priceless therapy that I’m grateful for.

Bridle Path & Soybeans

Mara B and I shared later afternoon ride time together but first I trimmed up her bridle path to keep her looking sharp!

We mostly spent time in the outdoor arena trotting patterns and then went out around to inspect the stable grounds looking for interesting photos that I post on our Instagram account.

We both warmed up, found some interesting shots and appreciated the exercise time.

Evening Ride Morning Ride

After resting up from Horse Camp yesterday I returned to the Barn for an evening ride. Peter joined me as photographer so here are a few photos from last night with Peter and Mara B.

Returning to the barn we met up with Maddie and enjoyed chatting with her and watched her bring in the stall horses for the night. Fun for us to see the evening stable routines.

This morning on our outing we met up with Jackie and Cindy and stopped to sing Happy Birthday to Jackie!

Mara B and I continued on our separate way and happened to confront a large scary straw bale that we had never seen before. I dismounted to walk Mara past it and let her examine it, remounted and we went further down the way to Sam’s. We walked back past the big bale again on the way home with no issues. (I carry my lead rope on my saddle as a safety measure for these situations.)

Lots of photos to share today, but Mara B and I have had lots of time together these past 24 hours! So an extra show n tell to post plus a big thank you to Peter.

Followed by a Monarch

Today’s ride was a dedicated ride for Paul B who is recovering from some major surgery. Yesterday I told Paul that Mara B and I would be riding for him this morning so to have a Monarch along with us was pretty neat.

Mara and I had a peaceful quiet solo ride and soaked in the calm stillness of the morning.

Our unique sighting was the ash and remains left from a small fire.

We concluded the ride without the butterfly but are hoping good things are around the corner for all of us!

Mara B was a very good girl.

Stitches Removed

Thank you Liz! Our pal Liz was bold, confident and competent this morning and helped clean Mara’s wound and snipped off the remaining stitches. Things are looking much better now and Mara B sure appreciated the fine treatment. We’re hoping it’s simply a matter of trying to keep it some what clean, keeping a little aerosol bandage on it and now let nature take its course.

We also had a good ride with three other pals and today’s observation was oats being cut.

The summer season is never static!

Thirty Percent Chance

We did not make the 30% chance Dr. Anne gave Mara’s stitches of holding, this morning I discovered the wound has reopened. Alanna was a wonderful help to us, she cleaned it out with an antiseptic, trimmed a few stitches off and then I was able to recover it with the aerosol bandage. Darn, however Mara B is handling it all beautifully.

We continued on with a good ride out joined by Kim and Rio and all loved the vivid green landscape and gorgeous trees we passed.

I’m still waiting on a call back from Dr. Anne to consult with her on what to do next…..

River Brink Rendezvous

Matthew (our neighbor) joined us for our Mara B time on this beautiful afternoon and we all shared some good horse/horsewoman time! Matthew and Jay first practiced their horsemanship skills with Ms Mara B.

We rendezvoused with Jennifer and Folly!

Lorrie and Devine!

We groomed, fed and rode Mara B.

Horses and humans enjoyed a special summer afternoon rendezvous!

Folly & Lace

Mara is on the last days of the antibiotics and she likes to raise her head in a little protest when she sees what’s up, so I’ve been standing on this stool to put the syringe in her mouth, we have worked out an easy groove and she received her dose twice today.

Folly is another mare of Jennifer’s and we all met up and rode together in the outdoor arena this morning. Mara B and I trot circles, drills and serpentines which is a fun change for us.

Mara and I then rode down the road and loved seeing the ditches filled with Queen Anne’s Lace, a lovely summer sight.

A simple delight of nature.