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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

Boot Change

Time to change my boots! So today I switched from wearing winter boots to muck boots. Mara B and two of her pals were relaxing together when I arrived early this morning to beat a predicted late spring snow storm. Mara and I just had grooming and ground games in the indoor arena together and took the day “off” as a snow day! On our way back to her paddock we saw the pasture horses in their upper pasture hunkered down for the weather that’s supposedly on it’s way. Hopefully Mara B can hang on to her place in the shelter tonight.

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!

New Spring Views

Mara and I had an energizing morning ride with Alanna and Allegro today. We rode through the Meyer Farm and went off the field road to walk the fence line between their pasture and corn field. Providing us some new views because we had not been over here since late last fall. We observed turkeys along the way, greeted the cows in the feedlot and enjoyed the long views of the power lines.

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!

Maura Meets Mara

My special cousin Maura met Mara and Holly today! Fun horse time for all four us. Holly was a gem, Mara had some schooling with Maura and our arena time was very enjoyable. Maura was delighted to have time at River Brink, to be back in the saddle and to meet other special horse enthusiasts.

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.

A Special Groom

Lucky for me, Landon helped with grooming Mara B today! Mara was filthy, with hard caked on mud covering every inch of her body, but along came Laurie and her grandson Landon. Mara liked meeting Landon and loved his clean up help. Today much of my visit involved removing hardened on mud and dusting Mara off. We then saddled up and had some relaxing arena ride time too.

Cat Nap & Cow Pasture

Mara B was resting comfortably when I arrived at the barn today, I don’t catch her laying down all that often. I slowly got her to get up and I then had a half clean half wet/dirty horse to groom. We had a stroll around the cow pasture for our ride time and enjoyed covering the patches of snowless ground. It was good to have a new perspective plus the promise of more snow melt ahead.

Back to Sam’s

We caught some good ride time with Jennifer and Bella this afternoon and rode to Sam’s together. Mara and I then diverted up the road to Meyers when they headed back into the stable. Geese are still hanging out in the cow pasture, however today we only heard them and did not have any flying directly overhead.