Snow/Sand


Mara gets the snow and I get sand this week. Since we can all have a change of pace once in a while, I’m riding with Joe this week. Mara B has wonderful Barn pals keeping a special eye on her. Please ride along with us for a few days of beach, sand and sun.

Warm Spot


Mara B had a warm sunny spot in the shelter this morning! Jay joined Mara in her warm spot and then did grooming and ground work with her today. My warm spot was sitting bareback on Ms Mara, nice insulation. We all walked around and Jay was our photographer again. Time to look for our next warm spot. ☀️

Winter Riding Boots


Wearing winter riding boots now, but they fit in the stirrups and keep my feet warm. Today Mara was happy to be hanging out at the round bale when I arrived. We spent our ride time in the arena and embraced skills and circles. Pleasant to be in the saddle and not pushing much as far as expectations.

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.

Shelter Visit 


My visit with Mara today was all in the shelter. Cold and ice made for tough conditions for enjoying horse time, I just fed and lightly groomed her. That reminder that owning and caring for a horse is often weather dependent.

The Second


Two for two for December! Here it is the second and we had another beautiful day to ride. Jay hiked along and was our photographer, which enhances today’s post. We ended our ride time trotting in the outdoor, because Mara has a wonderful jog trot.

Mild & Milkweed 


The mild start to December allowed us to start the month “out.” Mara and I rode up to the cow pasture that is now looking very bare, however we saw this Milkweed still holding on to seeds. Coming down we had a good view of the back side of the stable. We also rode over to the backside of the neighboring stable. Today’s ride was dedicated to an extraordinary horse who left earth today but who remains in the hearts of so many.

Flying Corn Husks


Mara and I braved the wind gusts this afternoon, corn husks really were flying everywhere! Many activities at the barn today too, an equine massage therapist was working on a few horses, a farrier was there and the paddocks were being cleaned. Mara and I started in the round pen and then rode to the cow pasture. Always a treat to be outside in spite of the strong winds.

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!

Horns & Hoofs


It was warm for our ride today and Mara and I were able to track Pete’s steer, Stanley which was great fun. Mara also had an appointment with Brian to have her hoofs trimmed and Jay joined us as photographer. Mara was our delightful partner.