Long View

Mara B kindly nudged the barn cats warming up in the sun on our way out the door this morning, it was sweet. Then Tera and Rosie joined us on a ride through the Meyers Farm and up to the power line look out.

We continued around the loop and saw a tractor working in one field and one parked where they have clearly started to plow under the field.

Both Mara and Rosie where great dealing with today’s wind. However Mara was feeling “off” after our ride and received some special attention from Melodee and me before I left the stable for the day. Hopefully she’s back to feeling better already. Sandi on chore crew tonight will give her an extra special eye when she feeds her! Mara and I both appreciate their assistance.

October‘s Changing Weather

Mara and I have encountered many weather variations these past few days! Conditions change daily, yesterday it was fresh snow that greeted us on Jay’s Sunday rendezvous with Ms Mara.

Today we appreciated sunshine on our ride to the cow pasture and through cut corn fields! Some apple trees are still loaded with apples while others have only the last few hanging on.

Riding through cut fields remains a favorite place for me to ride though, it reminds me of childhood rides in North Dakota.

So it was fun to circle around a cut cornfield this morning. Mara’s coat is getting very thick and felt warm from the sunshine when I rubbed her neck!

Sweet Pup & Out!

Mara and I have been enjoying Pat’s pup Bo lately and this morning he was our sweet greeting committee. Bo is proving to be as dear as Brutus, and it’s fun to be seeing more of him.

Mara and I got ‘out’ of the indoor and enjoyed the Meyer’s loop. Today’s photos highlight the current landscape.

We had pretty chilly temps (in the 30s) but Ms Mara was great, the country side beautiful and slowly some sunshine brightened the morning.

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.

Wildwood Stables

Fun to learn about horseback riding in Acadia National Park today.

When we visited Wildwood Stables this morning, Jay and I enjoyed meeting and talking with these trail riders from Massachusetts.

Mr. Rockefeller appreciated horses too! It was special to see this stable and trail system in person.

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.’

192 Years of Horse Love

Today childhood horse pal Ann, plus special horsey cousin Maura visited Ms Mara with me, and amazingly our combined ages equal 192! The three of us represent the ageless horse gals everywhere. We all had a fun time taking care of and enjoying Mara B together.

Between reminiscing about our fabulous old horses, horse pals from childhood and our riding adventures, we groomed Mara and introduced Ann to River Brink. Then we saddled up Mara for Ann to have a little “back in the saddle” experience.

Wonderful to reminisce, share Mara, and share horse love with two significant horsewomen.

On to Autumn

Today the last official day of summer gave us many varieties of weather! It was coolish, gray, windy, sometimes sunny and this variable weather certainly energized Mara B. This morning we started in the outdoor arena and she thundered around, Mara really wanted to move.

Mara relaxed from her “run around” time, I groomed her and saddled her up, and the weather had improved, the sun started to shine. So off we rode and Brutus made my day by trotting right along with us and joined in on our ride!

Winds were up and temps cool but our ride time was great! So now we’ll march into fall.

We hope you enjoy the autumn equinox and Harvest Moon. Thank you for riding along with us.