Sun Teaser

Mara and I thought the sun was going to peak out this afternoon for our ride time! We were delighted because we have had such a long stretch of gray days this month.

Even though the temps were cold, with low winds and my face mask on we did ride out, Mara was great but the sun went back into hiding for our spin around.

Coming back from walking around the back soybean field we captured this ‘creative’ shot in the equipment storage lot. I guess it’s a picture of a real snow blanket.

And the sun did shine on my drive home from the barn!

Holly & Snow

Holly and her owner Leah joined us on a wonderful snow ride this afternoon! It was really beautiful, we looped the fields and rode up to and around the cow pasture (apple orchard).

Frozen apples now hang as ornaments.

Mara and Holly were happy to be out stretching their legs while the riders loved the quiet, peaceful scenery.

Today’s post is extra long, however I also want to share the following article from today’s Wall Street Journal! I’m grateful to see this and am sharing a paragraph from the article.

Mara B and I do believe in “horse therapy” so reading about the topic in today’s WSJ was validating and exciting. Thanks for riding with us!

Following Two Tails

Mara and I rode out this afternoon with both Brutus and Bo in tow. Very fun to follow them and to watch them go in and out of the woods ahead of us.

When I was a young rider my favorite barn dog was named Jumbo and he rode miles with us. Today’s ride reminded me of Jumbo and the fun of trail riding with good dogs along.

Here’s the field side of Mara’s paddock, her horse friends were relaxing this afternoon when we returned home.

The last day of November provided us with a delightful ride.

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.

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!