Winter Wear


Brutus is modeling winter wear! When I visited Mara today my outerwear included snow pants plus a face mask to wear under my wool hat. Mara goes without a blanket as she has always been an outside horse and her warm furry coat keeps her toasty. Mara had free excerise time in the indoor arena this afternoon as our main activity and she had plenty of energy.  The paddocks are icy so I like to let her move freely in the arena on days like this.

Swedish Mission & More Corn


Mara B was ready and waiting for me this afternoon! We lucked out and ended November with one more great day to ride outside. Due to road construction we had not been able to cross M for months, however now it’s completed and so today we rode to Swedish Mission Road as our destination. Returning to the barn we did make another loop around the cornfield as the sun and golden light were ideal.

Late Season Baling


Mara B and I covered some ground this afternoon. We rode the road to Sam’s and saw them baling hay, which seems late to me. Returned to the Barn and then walked through the back cornfield to the edge of the neighboring stable and returned on the trail along the woods. Good riding conditions and a relaxed horse made for a pleasant outing.

Staying Close


We continue to be restricted to riding the roads close to the Barn. However with the pleasant weather Mara and I are still riding out, which we really like.  The only excitement is the neighborhood dog who barks and circles us every time we see it, Mara simply ignores him!

Ride on Bill


Hannah provided training and instruction for us today, during our lesson time. Really enjoyable for me, part of the lesson I was riding Bill, and I have not ridden a different horse for a few years! It was good to be able to watch Hannah riding Mara and to change up my mount. I’m thankful for my horse adventures.

Walk Around


It was a cold but sunny afternoon visit for Mara and me today. We spent much of our time together investigating the stable grounds. The operation to make stall bedding from the corn husks is still under way, and the production pile was huge. We strolled through the corn field to enjoy the late day sun (however we did see some orange jackets up on the hill) and visited horses in the back paddocks. Mara B is definitely getting a thick winter coat!

An Addition


Starting in the round pen for Mara to stretch her legs and expend energy has been working well for us lately, it’s what we did today. Then we headed up to the cow pasture and found the new addition which signals big changes for our outings. Riding up and then back down from the cow pasture is good excerise for Mara and I like the views. A good ride for us, cool temps but calm winds.

Quiet Mist


Quiet misty morning at River Brink for us today. The paddocks were peaceful, and the birds were hanging out in the shelters. Mara and I had good slow quiet connection time. We played  in the arena with a few obstacles and I rode with no stirrups as my little challenge.

Brrr & Burrs


Brrr it’s cold outside, so let’s not talk about the weather today. Mara and I have been seeing burrs on our rides lately, and pasture horses are finding them too!

Plowed Fields and Heat


Mara and walked to Sam’s this afternoon and the corn fields are now plowed fields. We enjoyed sunshine and clear skies. It seemed warmer outside than in the barn, but the heat is now on! Preparing to tack up I start in the bathroom these days to use the heat in there to warm up Mara’s bit. Just one of those seasonal changes brought on by the cold temps.