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.

No Sedation

Paddock cleaning was taking place when I arrived this afternoon.

Then for the big news! Mara B was able to have new shoes put on without being sedated. Mara is such a good horse, until it comes to having horseshoes nailed on to her hoof, she simply has not tolerated it without being sedated. However today we let her eat oats (which she never gets to eat) to distract her while Brian pounded in the nails and it worked! I’m very pleased.

On the way back to Mara’s paddock we stopped to assist Devine load into his horse trailer. Putting Mara in first, made it more comfortable for Devine to then load, and it was a fun adventure for us.

So no riding but plenty of good horse activities for us today.

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.

Special Pairs

Jay and Mara B are a special pair and they enjoyed their Saturday afternoon time together.

Jay hiked along with us plus took today’s photos to share. While we remembered special barn dogs I’ve enjoyed over my horse years, including Jumbo, Vegas and Brutus. I have been lucky to have these special dogs pair up with me on many wonderful rides.

Jay and Mara B are well connected on our outings together!

We are looking for a real return to spring.

Bomb Cyclone

Mara B and the stall horses stayed in today! We are experiencing a ‘bomb cyclone’ in this part of Wisconsin. My morning started with a text from Pat letting me know that Mara B was tucked in her stall for the day due to this crazy weather. We’ve simply been listening to the wind howl and watching snow, rain, hail and sleet pound us.

Not having my connection time with Mara actually feels odd since it’s my daily groove and comforting companionship activity. (I’m sort of driven to spend time with her and to ‘care’ for her.) However Pat told me the roads were horrible so I stayed home today. At least I have Jay and Lindy here and a good book to read (fyi: “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane” by: Lisa See) in case you’re stuck inside due to the weather too.

As I’ve said before, weather does play into our horse time experiences.

Thanks to the work crew at the stable, we’re very grateful for each of you, a day like today highlights your huge contribution to caring for our special horses.

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.

Smell the Pine Needles

Mara and I returned to our quiet neighborhood street for today’s stroll. The fresh smell of pine needles and trimmed branches on the ground really caught our attention, and a very pleasant scent greeted us.

We really like passing this beautiful driveway and plan to go down it when I figure out how to get permission.

We also enjoyed the subtle sounds of wind chimes in this garden.

We dedicated our ride to Auntie Kay for her April Fools Day Birthday! Kay is pictured here on a summer visit with Mara B.

Barn pal Liz has a birthday today too! No pranks just special birthday greetings from Mara B and me to you two today. Happy April Fools Day to all you other wonderful Mara Moments followers. 🌼

Hair A Flyin’

When we arrived this afternoon we found Mara and her paddock pals all relaxing together. Such a cute herd of mares.

Then Jay did a wonderful job of grooming Ms Mara B and she is certainly shedding. When brushing Mara today, there was hair everywhere as well as all over Jay. The brisk afternoon winds were blowing hair, horse and human.

A bright, breezy, bonding time with Mara B.

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.