Hello Athena

Pam trailered Athena to River Brink to ride a loop with us this morning. It was an ideal relaxed summer trail ride.

We rode past Daisies and Baby on the way home. ( Baby would not come out of the shelter however.)

Then it was loading into the trailer practice for Bella, Kol and Mara B. (thanks Pam.) Mara loaded in and out twice, just beautifully and it was fun to see her do something a little out of our ordinary routine. Mara was calm and quiet about it all.

photos were too tough to take during the actual “practice” as I can only do one thing at a time, and I was focused on the loading process and having a calm horse back out of the trailer.

Tree on the Trail

Mara and I had a late afternoon ride out with Kim and Rio and our discovery was this tree down across the trail. No big deal for our mounts and on we continued to the entrance of the neighboring stable.

We all enjoyed these fresh juniper bushes that we passed, they smelled and looked so lovely.

A good first day of summer ride, and thank you for riding along with us!

Rode (the road) with Rio

Kim and Rio rode with us this afternoon on the Meyer loop road, and Kim is the photographer for a few of today’s photos, thanks Kim. we had an ideal day to enjoy the sun the breeze and the fields riding this perfect peaceful sandy field road.

We saw turkeys today and were amazed at the height of the corn already.

We extended the outing off on to a side road and then returned home through the Meyer Farm again. The cows were being fed and we noticed the thistle is flowering, which looked lovely from afar.

This last day of “Spring” gave us a wonderful ride.

Lost & Found

Mara and her pals where staying dry in their shelter when I arrived today, and Mara wasn’t even wet after a night of very heavy rain.

Mara and I then had perfect timing to ride out with Kim/Rio and Anne/Kol this morning between rain, mist and drizzle. However Kim lost both her phone case and her car key on the way to Sam’s.

Searching along the side of the road on our return to the Barn, we had no luck spotting the lost phone case. I even called it but we never heard the ringing. So we retraced our steps and headed back towards Sam’s for a second time.

Kim spotted it! I retrieved it, however there was no car key in the bag.

Low and behold I saw the key on the opposite side of the road quite a distance from the found phone case! I dismounted and picked it up! Yeah.

Three women out with their horses and a surprise twist that made for an ‘out of the ordinary’ ride this Monday morning. We were all delighted with the conclusion.

Vet Visit

Before Mara’s vet visit this morning, Jennifer and Bella rode out with us to enjoy the morning.

One of the pasture horses seen in the photo above, walked the fence line with us on our way back, keeping Mara rather curious. We also met up with Alanna and Allegro.

Doc Ed was a bigger part of our morning though. It’s been determined that Mara has a low thyroid, so she’s been on medication for that and we are trying to figure out what level of medication she needs for it. Today was a second blood test to find that out. We also addressed her hives and the allergic reaction she had on the trail last Friday. She is now being treated for that too. Plus Ed did a chiropractic elevation on her to see what areas she needs tweaked. We sure want her to be as healthy and happy as possible! She’s so good about it all, I feel she ‘knows’ we are helping her.

Muggy Monday

I like to give Mara free time in the round pen to freely move out and expend pent up energy, that’s what we did first again today.

Then while saddling up to ride out Cindy snapped this photo showing how I have Mara ‘hold’ my chaps (thanks Cindy!) An example of how I try to have Mara calmly accept novel stimuli each day as a way to continuously build our bond of trust and her experiences.

Our ride then was walking to Sam’s and back, Mara moved out at an extended walk to really stretch her legs, it felt great.

We also found these dainty white flowers.

Peonies & Racoon

Mara B and I had a beautiful walk along the back trail this afternoon. The leaves are so huge, the hay field has not yet been cut and we checked the height of the corn.

We thought the peonies were a highlight of the ride, however on the way back we had our first ever Raccoon sighting. The raccoon came out of the cornfield, ran up the trail in front of us before crossing into the woods! (sorry it was so fast there are no photos you need to use your imagination.)

Returning to the Barn, Mara nibbled on some hay and I relaxed on “the bench” with JAC (aka Socks.)

Some sweet summer.

Out with Devine

Lorrie and Devine rode down past Sam’s with Char, SeaB, Mara and me this afternoon. We all loved smelling the fresh cut alfalfa we rode past, and we even watched Sam out in the field turning it to dry it.

Char and I then took our horses up to the top of the cow pasture where we saw a few deer, very tall grass and huge thistle. Mara and I agreed today’s outing and the aromatherapy was ‘divine.’

All so very fresh and green.

Surprise on the Trail

When I arrived to visit Mara B today the paddock pals were sharing the shade.

And another true sign of summer is that school’s out. So we got to chat with Wendy and Peanut (plus mom Molly.) Always a treat!

After chatting, Jennifer and Bella and Mara and I headed off to ride the dairy loop, Mara gave some hesitation and a little attitude twice when “crossing the dike sections.” Bella had to save her and take the lead…..then up we come through the bushes and find our surprise!

Julie and Lulu and pups where out on a hike! So Mara was alert to them being out there I guess. (Julie owns Barbie and the darling new foal, she said he is still unnamed.)

A fun summer surprise for all of us.

Field Road

The paddocks were being scraped and cleaned this afternoon when I met up with Mara B. The horses are so calm about the bobcat in their paddock, the tractor and manure spreader going past many times. It’s one of the seasonal Stable routines we are all familiar with.

Mara and I trotted part of the way down to Sam’s for our ride time and then continued on the field road between the woods and the hay field.

The deer flies found us and joined us on our ride home, notice one on Mara’s neck.

We tried to ignore those darn deer flies and focused on the wild flowers we were seeing instead.