Bird Sounds

Mara B and I had such a peaceful noontime ride today. The sounds of birds and the fresh smell of the earth were very noticeable. We spotted cardinals and robins, heard Woodpeckers and a Pheasant. Two deer and a Turkey passed in front of us. A large tree recently fell.

We saw a ‘sand slide’ from all the recent spring rain.

Enjoyed stopping to visit Peanut on the way back to the barn.

The sights and sounds of springtime renewal were all around us.

Semicolon Day

Mara B and I rode in support of World Semicolon Day 2019 this afternoon. If you’re not familiar with Project Semicolon it is an international movement to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention. We hope you will learn more and share what you learn about Project Semicolon with those you are close to. It’s about no more self harm….

Our ride was the peaceful quiet lane we love. Today we spotted the return of the neighborhood goats we enjoy saying hello to.

Mara B and I reflected on Benjamin and the healing comfort offered us through the beauty of animals and nature.

Nurturing our mental and emotional health is critical for us all.

Off the Ground

Watch Mara B get up off the ground, I found her resting when I arrived today, and was able to photograph her getting back up.

Yes, there are a few phases missing, but you get the gist!

Our ride time was circling the fields and doing lots of big serpentines crisscrossing back and forth. It felt like doing “drills” and was a good challenge and change up to our routine.

Still some real soupy wet spots out there (in the far corner ahead) Mara B doesn’t like that type of footing and she gave me a bit of a dance when we hit a super soaked wet area. I know her preferences, so we then changed direction, since I’m not a fighter. Our ride time and exercise drills felt like a refreshing start to the week.

Conditioning

Mara B and I thought of today’s ride as a conditioning workout. We love being on the soft ground in the back fields and know that in no time Spring planting will be happening there. Seeing this equipment as we rode out reminds us our days in the fields are limited.

We circled the back field twice in opposite directions, added in some trotting plus went up and down gradual inclines for Mara’s “conditioning” session.

All while appreciating the gorgeous sky above us.

Practice Loop

Mara B and I left Bo in a stall and headed off this afternoon in another new direction for a spring ride.

The footing was quite squishy but the path is one of our favorites. Our first new observation was that the old barn had been knocked down since we last rode past.

We were guessing maybe this bulldozer was used to demolish that barn.

Our practice session then started when Mara B spotted these two guys ahead on the road. Plus two piles of covered wood. Both were “new” landmarks for us and Mara B did not like them and I didn’t like her ‘up’ reaction so I simply dismounted.

We walked up to those two men who told us they were there putting up a turkey blind. One guy said to me “thought you were supposed to ride the horse” yes I explained “I prefer to ride too but she found you scary!” Then I remounted and we rode the rest of the way home.

Every ride is a training/practice ride of sorts and today’s ride reminded me of that fact.

Cleaning/Roofing

This afternoon major spring cleaning of the front paddock was happening. It entertains me to watch the horses ‘deal’ with all the action of the process, as you see it doesn’t concern them!

Our ride time was lapping the back fields where I saw the roofing issues at the neighboring stable for the first time. Plus we still spotted a few patches of snow on the trails.

The fields provide great footing for riding now, and Mara and I appreciated the ‘just right’ feel under foot this afternoon.

Maple Tapping

Today’s ride took us past a few of the blue buckets being used for tapping maple trees around the stable. I really like observing seasonal activities like this.

Mara B and I then rode the first section of the Meyer’s field road and appreciated the new views. However the field road remains quite soft and mushy to comfortably ride.

It was a peaceful, quiet jaunt on a beautiful March afternoon with a gorgeous sky. The fields looked so neat and tidy.

We will appreciate a bit more drying to firm up the footing for our next ride through. Happy springtime.

Side Roads & Patriarch

Mara B and I had a really nice noontime ride today, we diverted off the main lane to Sam’s checking out little side roads and driveways along the way. We slowly continue to expand our spring riding range.

The main road is very dry now, the smaller dirt roads we tested are still moist to muddy.

Arriving back at the barn we were greeted by Tom the farm Patriarch (and lovely man.) Tom and crew were spring cleaning around the grounds.

Signs of springtime continue to greet us, today presented the first few Killdeer sightings.

Snowmobile

Mara B and I had another ride out in the endless snowy expanse this afternoon. However, Sam rode off on his snowmobile as we rode out. We do not have experience with actual moving snowmobiles, only stationary ones. Mara had a keen sense it was there, so being able to clearly see it coming and going was helpful and she handled it well. (We were also in extremely deep snow with no place to go!) It was a new adventure for us.

Sam went up to the cow pasture as well out back along the trail. Here are his tracks we saw riding back in. The snowmobile was also parked by the time we returned.

We continued along then with a loop around the front paddocks and said hello to Gus and Rosie too.

Deep snow, sunshine and snowmobile action for Mara B and me today.

Gabe and the Sled

What’s more fun than a four year old boy! Mara B and I had a wonderful visit with Kathryn and Gabe this afternoon.

The cats, goats and horses were all fun, but the sled ride behind Mara B was a blast. The paddock horses were very curious!

We all had a fun afternoon adventure together. Thanks for the photos Kathryn.And Gabe gets to stay for the week!