Stable Grounds


The note on the message board explains why we are now restricted to riding in the indoor arena or only on the stable grounds. Mara and I did ride out, and we did see many orange jackets out in the fields. So staying right around the stable we visited horses in adjoining paddocks and even had a chance to greet Peanut today.

Half Outside Half Inside 


Mara B met me at the gate this morning, that’s always a nice way to start our time together. Half of our ride time was in the back where we saw the operation for making stall bedding from corn husks. (Very cool I think.) We also walked the cut cornfield. Barn pal Brutus then joined us for our inside ride time and made my day. Brutus had never done that before, and I thought it was pretty sweet.

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.

Golden Fields Golden Light


A late afternoon ride in the corn field provided perfect golden light to capture today’s Mara Moments. Luckily Jay was with us and hiked along to be our photographer. Fun to now have these fields available to ride in once again. Mara was as warm as the golden light.

Routine Change


It’s refreshing to occasionally change up our day to day routine. So Mara B had rest and a break from me today. Instead Mara had time with Hannah.  Different experiences allowed us both to focus on new things today, a fun switch.

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!

Chill Down


A late day visit and cold temperatures kept my Mara B time brief today. There was a lot of activity around the Barn despite the cold. Trucks being loaded with grain, both a Vet and a farrier there working with horses. Mara had a meal, a short grooming session and we called it a day.

Mara the Wrangler


Fun full morning for us today. Starting in the round pen, Mara had real energy to expend. Then Hannah needed an assist with catching a horse and jumped on Mara to work with her as a wrangler. It was fun to watch and Mara was great at the job, however M&H did not prevail (this time). We concluded our morning together with a relaxing ride around some of the dairy loop. A good horse day.

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.

New Shack


Mara and I enjoyed some sweet views on our ride today. The biggest change we observed was the new hunting shack in place, a clear signal that things are about to change. We also had a mission, to look for a missing pup. We whistled and called to her, and low and behold she did appear as we were returning to the barn, and made it safely back.