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.

Mara Meets Lulu

Mara and I rode out with Alanna and Allegro this beautiful afternoon. We headed past Sam’s and on our way back rode up to Julie’s house to say hello. Julie (a stable pal) and baby were busy at that moment, but we caught up with them later and enjoyed meeting six week old Lulu! Spring is definitely in the air.

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!

Snowfree Indoor

Looks like Christmas around the stable as you can see from today’s photos! When I arrived Mara and Rosie were cozy outside their shelter, they are true best buddies these days and are often enjoying each other’s companionship. Mara and I spent some snowfree time in the indoor arena for bonding, grooming, free exercise and lunging. A highlight of today’s visit was tiding up the barns lost and found area with a couple of pals! That at least felt spring like.

Boot Change

Time to change my boots! So today I switched from wearing winter boots to muck boots. Mara B and two of her pals were relaxing together when I arrived early this morning to beat a predicted late spring snow storm. Mara and I just had grooming and ground games in the indoor arena together and took the day “off” as a snow day! On our way back to her paddock we saw the pasture horses in their upper pasture hunkered down for the weather that’s supposedly on it’s way. Hopefully Mara B can hang on to her place in the shelter tonight.

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.

Kitty Visit

Kitty, Maura, Helen, Holly and Mara, the five of us stayed out of the falling snow and enjoyed horse time in the indoor arena together this afternoon. Fun to have Kitty visiting, Maura visiting and two great horses to work with. A marvelous Monday!

White Pines along the Way

Mara B and I had a calm peaceful walk down our quiet neighborhood lane today. The White Pines we passed smelled so fresh and lovely. We had Crows and Robins greeting us, rather than Geese on this route, we are seeing a great deal of snow melt.