Spring Mist

Mara and I started our time together with the Vet this morning. It was time for her spring shots and annual blood work for her thyroid condition. Mara B has received daily medication for the past year to balance her thyroid and it’s working very well.

Then it was off for a quiet ride in the spring mist. Silence and stillness surrounded us in the light mist, and it was very peaceful and beautiful.

We passed next to where manure is now being spread on the fields, which is another ritual of the season.

The soft ground, mild temperatures and stillness made for a great outing for us.

Plus Seven

It was a very cold morning visit with Mara B today. The temperature was seven when I arrived and the horses were still eating breakfast.

Ice chunks were scattered around the paddock water troughs, signs of the morning chore crew clearing the ice cover.

Mara and I spent our time together in the indoor arena to be in the morning light that was shining through. The closed up barn feels dark and cold these winter days.

I groomed and moved and fed Mara B and we stayed very comfortable.

Actually the horses thick coats do feel warm when they are in the sunshine. We both decided we will enjoy the warm days ahead.

Hoot n Happenings

Hopefully Mara B is looking for me, I’m looking forward to seeing her again soon. Maura G has been taking great care of her while I’m away and has told us that Mara has been superb.

I had some time with Hoot, a Great Gray Owl and a star in the Harry Potter movies. He played Errol in all the movies. A special experience for me.

Following are a few more happenings from our time “away” out west to share with you.

Wishing you peace and calm today.

Meyer Farm Road

Wanting to head a different direction and looking for a ‘soft’ surface to travel, Mara and I rode through the Meyer Farm this afternoon. The day was gray, still and quiet and we observed stark silhouettes in all directions.

The cows were friendly but the road really soupy, so we returned home and continued around a field with Bo joining us. It’s fun to have Bo darting in and out and racing around, Mara handles all the action very well.

For the middle of December Mara B and I had another very good winter ride.

Peter Visits Mara

Fun to have Peter home so he could visit Mara B today!

Peter, Mara and I experienced many out of the ordinary Barn activities this afternoon. Thanksgiving weekend hunters were heard and visible off in the surrounding fields which had the horses curious and on alert.

Then Eve and Dave were covering their horse trailer which got Mara’s attention.

Peter captured creative photos for us too, some of which appear in today’s post.

Mara and I love when Peter visits.

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.

3Rs

I had an early morning connection time with Mara B today, she was covered in sand and dirt after a heavy rain last night. I enjoyed cleaning her up and dusting her off.

We were low key because today would have been Benjamin’s 29th Birthday and we wanted to simply remember Benjamin reflect and rest today. (Here’s a photo of Benjamin with a horse I leased.)

So rest and reminisce is what we did today.

peace

Big Bale

Mara was delighted to start munching on this big bale that was waiting to be placed in her paddock feeder while I closed the gate this afternoon. We had some fun with Barn pals in the indoor arena before heading out on a walk around the neighborhood. Then we did stop at these mailboxes to look for any notification about the arrival of spring. Hopefully spring weather will find us next week!

Neighborhood Walk

Warm temps and sunshine made for pleasant conditions to ride around the neighborhood this afternoon. Mara B and I came upon Gavin who was also out enjoying the day so we stopped, said hello and had a good conversation. Gavin liked meeting Mara B and we liked meeting Gavin, the warmer weather is bringing people back outside again, which feels wonderful.