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.

Spring Exercising

In an attempt to help Mara drop some winter pounds we hiked the cornfield rows this afternoon! We had breezy winds but great ground conditions with some mild elevation to walk through. Returning to the barn Mara had time in the wash stall, I do want to get the caked on mud off of her feet. The paddock is drying out at last!

Sweet Visit

Mara B was lucky to meet “Aunts” (and followers) Beth and Kay today! They were sweet visitors and great groomers. We all enjoyed the horse time plus the beautiful warm weather together. Mara B and I then rode across M to Swedish Mission Road for our outing. Mara gave me a little spring spin around on the way back, not sure why? There were no “issues” so we regrouped and calmly continued on our way. Spring riding can tend to be a bit of starting over again….

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.

The Breeder & Snowshoe Tracks!

Mara and I rode through the Meyer farm this morning and met up with the AI Breeder who had an appointment with a couple of heifers, we said hello and chatted a few minutes. Continuing on to the field road we surprisingly saw fresh snowshoe tracks! On the return back through the farm we had a little cow communication because both Mara and the cows got a little nervous. It was a great spring ride with some new views for both of us.

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.

Stall Horses Stay In

An April blizzard has found us today! Jay and I had an early visit with Mara this morning to beat the heavy snow that’s coming. The stall horses were kept in for the day because of the predicted heavy snowfall and powerful winds. The Barn had the feel of real warmth and energy, the stalls were being cleaned, the sleet was hitting the roof and Mara enjoyed some food, grooming and time to dry off. Our walk back to her paddock was quick to minimize our time in the wind and snow. Mara B made a quick dash to the shelter when we took off her halter.

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.