River Brink Rendezvous

Matthew (our neighbor) joined us for our Mara B time on this beautiful afternoon and we all shared some good horse/horsewoman time! Matthew and Jay first practiced their horsemanship skills with Ms Mara B.

We rendezvoused with Jennifer and Folly!

Lorrie and Devine!

We groomed, fed and rode Mara B.

Horses and humans enjoyed a special summer afternoon rendezvous!

Motorcycle, Horses & Semi

Mara B and I saw three distinct modes of transportation during our time together today. Always fun to see Tyler pull up on his motorcycle, Mara B enjoys him as much as I do and today we checked out his new Harley. (I asked about his tee shirt, and Tyler explained he rides as a security team member on a Breast Cancer Motorcycle Fundraising Ride!)

Returning from down the road we got to chat with pals Cindy and Jackie on their lovely Icelandic horses.

Mara and I then turned back around and returned towards Sam’s again to avoid the Semi truck that was maneuvering around and parking at the farm we would need to walk past.

It was also garbage pick up day but at least we missed the garbage truck!

Folly & Lace

Mara is on the last days of the antibiotics and she likes to raise her head in a little protest when she sees what’s up, so I’ve been standing on this stool to put the syringe in her mouth, we have worked out an easy groove and she received her dose twice today.

Folly is another mare of Jennifer’s and we all met up and rode together in the outdoor arena this morning. Mara B and I trot circles, drills and serpentines which is a fun change for us.

Mara and I then rode down the road and loved seeing the ditches filled with Queen Anne’s Lace, a lovely summer sight.

A simple delight of nature.

Meds & a Ride

Mara B is doing well, she is close to finishing her antibiotics, she is eating the ‘Bute’ tablet nicely, however she is done with the aerosol bandage being applied. We did ride today and had no issues at all, which is wonderful.

After some ride time this morning with Kim and Rio we also had a relaxed solo ride together just taking it easy.

Plus we shared a later afternoon second medication visit and Mara is being a good sport about all the fuss.

Multiple Visits

We have been checking on Mara B and giving her meds and comfort.

All is going well, she has caught on to a few things that she’s not enjoying such as the antibiotics being given and the aerosol bandage being sprayed on…..but friends are assisting and we are getting it all done. Today was a rest and recuperation day for Mara B.

Big Fat Lip & Stitches

The stable alerted me last night that Mara B had a cut lip, today we took care of her injury. Not sure what actually happened, however the wound needed to be cleaned and stitched up.

Dr. Anne arrived and sedated Mara plus gave her a local block on her nose, cleaned the wound out and then sewed it up with both internal and external sutures.

The final results looked great! The wound was sprayed with an aerosol bandage. Mara had a shot of Bute and is on antibiotics for the next five days. Thankfully there was no gum or tooth issue so all should be fine. Even riding we hope will be okay in a few days. Of course the stitches need to hold! Dr Anne and I know they may not last the entire two weeks we’re hoping for.

Jay & a Comfy Cinch

Mara B enjoyed Jay’s sweet greeting this afternoon plus his grooming and special attention!

Mara has also had an equipment upgrade (thanks to Maura Gs suggestion) to a sheepskin cinch! Simply wanting her to have the comfortable saddle feel, and I believe it’s going to be great.

Always a treat to have Jay as our photographer too!

We all enjoyed spending the warm summer afternoon together.

Rain brings Cornflowers

We ended the week with a wash out, however Mara B and I had a nice indoor day together.

Mara B was great on the lunge line after her clean up and snack time.

The rain does bring the darling Cornflowers that are by Mara’s paddock to life for us to delight in!

Compost & Color Change

Today’s ride with Kim and Rio took us on a zig zag route around the dairy loop. First stop was seeing all the round bales that had been rained on so they had to go to the compost pile, darn.

We also saw the first field turning from green to golden already.

The trail had been mowed in a few sections which we did appreciate. We continued along the edge of a mowed hay field, Rio and Kim enjoyed some shade when we stopped to rest, and Mara B and Rio were two great trail ponies!

A peaceful ride with some good views.

Badger Holes & Power Lines

On today’s morning ride with Jennifer and Bella we came upon badger holes when we walked the fence line of the neighboring stable. These holes are certainly a hazard to horseback riders.

We carefully watched and avoided holes and continued the ride around the loop to an upper field with power lines and great views. Mara B and I like riding this road up and down to enjoy this spot.

Good exercise for our mares.