Blue & White

Mara and I enjoyed crystal clear blue skies on today’s ride. We rode through long rows of white snowy cornfield stubble, and around the edge of woods. The sun warmed us and the winds were still, it was mostly silent except for the occasional bird sounds, ideal conditions. Mara even cleaned her legs to her fetlocks (horses’s ankle) by going through the fresh snow, which was an added bonus!

Stall Horses Stay In

An April blizzard has found us today! Jay and I had an early visit with Mara this morning to beat the heavy snow that’s coming. The stall horses were kept in for the day because of the predicted heavy snowfall and powerful winds. The Barn had the feel of real warmth and energy, the stalls were being cleaned, the sleet was hitting the roof and Mara enjoyed some food, grooming and time to dry off. Our walk back to her paddock was quick to minimize our time in the wind and snow. Mara B made a quick dash to the shelter when we took off her halter.

Up Around & Down

Mara and I had good ride time together today! First, to the top of the cow pasture, two deer joined us coming from the corn field, we watched them jump into the lower cow pasture and dart up to the top ahead of us. We then circled around the upper pasture and appreciated the views, and were impressed to see the beautiful oak leaves that had hung on all through the winter. Our ride continued down the road to Sam’s and on the way home we met another walker who we said hello to and chatted with. It felt like Spring!

Snow Ride with Bella

Alanna and Bella rode with us this afternoon on a great snow ride! Just sorry it’s April because it felt like a February trail ride. We still had substantial snow on a few stretches of trail. We circled the back corn field on the way home and encountered a pheasant and we think an Indigo Bunting or was it an early Blue Bird, not sure but fun to spot. The horses were both excellent and they got some good conditioning exercise.

4/4 Snow Ride

Mara B had a good lunging session in the indoor arena this afternoon, she really wanted to move out. Then we saddled up for an early April snow ride around the barnyard, rather deep snow too! We walked past the maple syrup collection buckets which is hopefully a sign of real spring, arriving soon.

Wet Mara B

April snow showers left Ms Mara pretty wet for me today. Maura had her last Stable visit, but luckily was able to saddle up and ride because Holly had had her blanket on and came in dry. I spent my time with Mara B trying to dry her off and I even used a hairdryer on her and she was great about that new experience. It was snowy, wet and chilly, but one more special horse day for Maura, Mara, Holly and me!

White Pines along the Way

Mara B and I had a calm peaceful walk down our quiet neighborhood lane today. The White Pines we passed smelled so fresh and lovely. We had Crows and Robins greeting us, rather than Geese on this route, we are seeing a great deal of snow melt.

Sun, Cats and Deer

We welcomed some warmish sunshine this afternoon and the Barn cats were all out sunning. Mara B and I rode through the corn field to the backside of the neighboring stable. Six deer at least kept coming in and out of the woods into the field we were in, for some reason they did not want to “run away” today. Deer do not bother Mara so they were only entertainment for us not an issue for us. Our return trip was along side the cow pasture fence on some drier ground.

Fields with J&J

Saint Patrick’s Day brought us ideal spring weather for today’s ride! Jay hiked along with Jennifer and me and was our wonderful photographer. Our mares were excellent and we all enjoyed our time in the back corn field. Blessings and a bit of Irish luck to all of our MM followers on this Saint Patrick’s Day.🍀

Snow, Mud & Geese

Mara and I rode around some of the hay field as well as down the road this afternoon and met various spring conditions. With snow still deep in places and mud and water puddles other places we are just doing our best to ride “out.” Many geese are in the fields and we hear them as well as see them, two flew up near us on the road. Sunshine and temps in the forties are very welcome regardless of the snow, mud or noisy geese.