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.

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.

So Blue & So Green

Mara B and I enjoyed a ride with Tera and Rosie this morning. It was warm and sunny and I noticed how very blue the sky was and how much green is still around. There are certainly signs of fall, however today’s route kept us surrounded by lush growing green alfalfa and grasses.

The brown we’re observing are burrs, and no one wants to touch those.

Subtle September changes are noticeable.

Sunny Sweet September

Think of your best adjectives for a lovely September day! Those words will also describe today’s amble with Mara B. We enjoyed a beautiful, bright, clear afternoon ride and soaked in September.

Here’s why we see so many deer.

A delightful ride for us to share.

Parked Obstacles

Mara B and I preferred wide open space for today’s ride so we headed through the Meyer Farm, riding in the opposite direction we rode yesterday.

We approached parked vehicles blocking the gate section we go through to ride on to the field road. We had to wait patiently for a tractor pulling a trailer to back up. Cows were mooing and machinery humming and I was very pleased that Mara was calm and collected.

We enjoyed the quiet road and wide open space. I focused on the ride and took fewer photos today!

Mara stretched her legs and we both took in the peacefulness of the fields and sky.

Soybean Surprise & Flying Camera

Kim and Rio and Mara and I headed out on a double loop ride this morning. We had a perfect relaxed pace, we cantered up the hill on the Meyers road and we savored the sights along the way.

On the second loop we were between the woods and a soybean field just ready to turn the corner to head over the dike. All was calm, I stopped to take a photo when a bird in the soybean field ‘got us!’ Mara did a huge swing around so Rio did the same and Kim went off. Darn. My camera went flying off too. Thank Goodness, Kim got up and was alright, amen. This was a scary situation for all of us.

We calmed the horses, caught our breath and remounted for a peaceful walk back to the Barn.

Then Pat let us use his ATV to return to the site of the mishap and we even found my camera!

There are hidden hazards on the trail, today we experienced a very real and dangerous situation. I do love the peaceful tranquility of trail riding and believe our horses are solid trail horses however they are real horses and there are real risks on trail rides. I’m so grateful all ended well for Kim and me this time.

Jay’s Workout

Enjoy the fruits of Jay’s photography from our Mara B time together this warm Saturday afternoon (Jay said “an afternoon of very high humidity” thus the ‘workout’ terminology!) I rode, Mara walked and Jay was our photographer while hiking through the lower meadow of the cow pasture.

It was lovely.

Jay was artistic and a real trooper!

Thank you Jay!

Still & Shade

Mara and I had a morning ride with very quiet and still conditions, so peaceful and calm. We took the shady back trail to the road behind the neighborhood stable.

Only “sighting” was the neighborhood stable horses out grazing.

We rode the length of the road both directions and returned to the barn via the same shaded trail. Summer heat had warmed us both up.

Mara B was wonderful and we both had a pleasant outing, we then saw Mara’s buddies relaxing in the shade when we turned the corner back at the barn.

A warm and lovely summer day in Wisconsin.

Apples and Acorns

Rio and Kim and Mara and I headed up to the cow pasture this morning and since there are no cows there this summer we delighted in strolling through the apple orchard.

We saw acorns and enjoyed the woods too.

We rode the dairy loop next and I’ll end today’s post with one of my favorite views from there.

A great Thursday ride. (Thanks for your additional photos Kim.)

Cows Overhead

Today’s ride started with going through the Meyer Farm and some cows happened to be in the upper pasture. In the past Mara has been nervous about seeing them there, however today all was fine with cows being over our heads!

Kim and Rio joined us for the loop plus an extra side road. Corn was a main observation of the ride, now silk tassels have appeared.

Plus a few small green apples, as summer continues to progress.

A pleasant ride before some afternoon showers.