Doused

Mara B has been in the slop lately, after three days of pretty much continuous rain.

I visit and spend time with Mara every day but we hadn’t ridden these past few days. So this afternoon it was time to saddle up and enjoy riding in the indoor arena. We trotted and circled, observed the pasture horses and ignored the weather conditions (as it was still misting.)

All while thinking about Benjamin and that today is “World Mental Health Day 2018”

Mara sure helps me with my mental health….and here’s an Instagram post I saw this morning to share with you…..

Sunday/Harvest

Jay and I had a fun visit with Mara B this afternoon. First on the agenda was to let her dash about in the outdoor arena!

Jay then provided her with his special comfort and grooming routine.

We liked playing with Fergi and Liz’s new indoor arena toy, and we observed the harvest work in the nearby fields.

A delightful fall Sunday for us enjoying Mara B and the barn.

Dry Fields & Thicker Coat

Mara B and I had such a fine ride this afternoon, it was so nice to be together. Her coat is considerably thicker than the last time I saw her.

More fields have been cut, and those still standing are very dry.

Good to be back in the saddle for fall rides with Mara.

G w/ B

Maura G is overseeing Mara B at the moment. I’m on a creative hiatus; seeing new sites and trying a different routine. We all need that!

Nice for Mara B to try some “new & different” with Maura too. Following are a few photos from my recent travels to share with you.

Always a treat to change it up a ‘bit.’

Handling Hay in the Heat

Ninety plus degrees this afternoon when Jay and I had our Mara B time! Every one was moving slowly. Mara enjoyed the cool of the Barn, a snack of hay and grooming.

Pat and Sam were delivering and stacking hay in the barn. We had a good chat with them.

Jay worked on installing a hay net in Mara’s stall. But he said it wasn’t hot enough to be working in a small dark enclosed space with no air moving.

I guess we’ll finish this project on a cooler day!

8/18

August has come and gone and it was a month of great rides for Mara B and me! Off we went this morning with Victoria and Cricket.

Mara led the way first around the dairy loop.

Plus half of the Meyers loop. The weather improved each step of the way and it turned out to be a beautiful ride with subtle colors of September starting to peak through.

Thank you Mara B for all the lovely summer rides of 2018.

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.

Greet & Eat

We were washed out by rain today, so Mara B and I took it as a relaxing day “off.” Mara was damp and dirt, she ate while I cleaned her up. The Barn was silent and still.

For our little outing I hand walked her down the road.

We were able to avoid the raindrops long enough for Mara to stop and nibble a few flowers along the way.

Our very wet, damp, and muddy conditions kept us off the trails….

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.

Dusty Road & Open Spaces

Mara and I rode the Meyers loop and the wonderful sandy field road was very dusty. The sky, fields and views were spacious and wide open.

Mara was so good, it was perfectly still and we had no sightings other than a couple of hawk feathers along the way. A peaceful quiet outing.