Semicolon Day

Mara B and I rode in support of World Semicolon Day 2019 this afternoon. If you’re not familiar with Project Semicolon it is an international movement to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention. We hope you will learn more and share what you learn about Project Semicolon with those you are close to. It’s about no more self harm….

Our ride was the peaceful quiet lane we love. Today we spotted the return of the neighborhood goats we enjoy saying hello to.

Mara B and I reflected on Benjamin and the healing comfort offered us through the beauty of animals and nature.

Nurturing our mental and emotional health is critical for us all.

Off the Ground

Watch Mara B get up off the ground, I found her resting when I arrived today, and was able to photograph her getting back up.

Yes, there are a few phases missing, but you get the gist!

Our ride time was circling the fields and doing lots of big serpentines crisscrossing back and forth. It felt like doing “drills” and was a good challenge and change up to our routine.

Still some real soupy wet spots out there (in the far corner ahead) Mara B doesn’t like that type of footing and she gave me a bit of a dance when we hit a super soaked wet area. I know her preferences, so we then changed direction, since I’m not a fighter. Our ride time and exercise drills felt like a refreshing start to the week.

Special Pairs

Jay and Mara B are a special pair and they enjoyed their Saturday afternoon time together.

Jay hiked along with us plus took today’s photos to share. While we remembered special barn dogs I’ve enjoyed over my horse years, including Jumbo, Vegas and Brutus. I have been lucky to have these special dogs pair up with me on many wonderful rides.

Jay and Mara B are well connected on our outings together!

We are looking for a real return to spring.

Conditioning

Mara B and I thought of today’s ride as a conditioning workout. We love being on the soft ground in the back fields and know that in no time Spring planting will be happening there. Seeing this equipment as we rode out reminds us our days in the fields are limited.

We circled the back field twice in opposite directions, added in some trotting plus went up and down gradual inclines for Mara’s “conditioning” session.

All while appreciating the gorgeous sky above us.

Practice Loop

Mara B and I left Bo in a stall and headed off this afternoon in another new direction for a spring ride.

The footing was quite squishy but the path is one of our favorites. Our first new observation was that the old barn had been knocked down since we last rode past.

We were guessing maybe this bulldozer was used to demolish that barn.

Our practice session then started when Mara B spotted these two guys ahead on the road. Plus two piles of covered wood. Both were “new” landmarks for us and Mara B did not like them and I didn’t like her ‘up’ reaction so I simply dismounted.

We walked up to those two men who told us they were there putting up a turkey blind. One guy said to me “thought you were supposed to ride the horse” yes I explained “I prefer to ride too but she found you scary!” Then I remounted and we rode the rest of the way home.

Every ride is a training/practice ride of sorts and today’s ride reminded me of that fact.

Greet Load Trot

It’s Saturday and Jay and Lindy B joined in on our Mara B time today. Jay had plenty grooming work to do, while Lindy met up with Bo who is now suppose to stay at the stable when riders go out. Darn, Mara B and I are going to miss his companionship, but of course it’s for his safety and we understand.

Mara was able to practice trailer loading too! Thank you Natalie for letting us have access to your horse trailer.

Trotting down to Sam’s was fun and we love having Jay hike along!

We end with a sighting of early spring buds!

Our family – horse – dog time was a treat for us all.

Spring Mist

Mara and I started our time together with the Vet this morning. It was time for her spring shots and annual blood work for her thyroid condition. Mara B has received daily medication for the past year to balance her thyroid and it’s working very well.

Then it was off for a quiet ride in the spring mist. Silence and stillness surrounded us in the light mist, and it was very peaceful and beautiful.

We passed next to where manure is now being spread on the fields, which is another ritual of the season.

The soft ground, mild temperatures and stillness made for a great outing for us.

Two Favorites

Mara B and I passed by our favorite pony Peanut on our ride up to the cow pasture this afternoon.

Bo joined us on the tour of another of our favorites, which is riding around the lower meadow and the upper orchard area of the ‘cow pasture.’

The sights are always the same yet somehow different each day we’re there.

Today looked like it could be either fall or spring.

Mara warmed up with our hike up hill and Bo was darn right hot when we returned to the stable so he cooled off first chance he had in the remaining all most nonexistent snow.

A pleasant early April ride with Ms Mara B.

Smell the Pine Needles

Mara and I returned to our quiet neighborhood street for today’s stroll. The fresh smell of pine needles and trimmed branches on the ground really caught our attention, and a very pleasant scent greeted us.

We really like passing this beautiful driveway and plan to go down it when I figure out how to get permission.

We also enjoyed the subtle sounds of wind chimes in this garden.

We dedicated our ride to Auntie Kay for her April Fools Day Birthday! Kay is pictured here on a summer visit with Mara B.

Barn pal Liz has a birthday today too! No pranks just special birthday greetings from Mara B and me to you two today. Happy April Fools Day to all you other wonderful Mara Moments followers. 🌼

Hair A Flyin’

When we arrived this afternoon we found Mara and her paddock pals all relaxing together. Such a cute herd of mares.

Then Jay did a wonderful job of grooming Ms Mara B and she is certainly shedding. When brushing Mara today, there was hair everywhere as well as all over Jay. The brisk afternoon winds were blowing hair, horse and human.

A bright, breezy, bonding time with Mara B.