Conditioning

Mara B and I thought of today’s ride as a conditioning workout. We love being on the soft ground in the back fields and know that in no time Spring planting will be happening there. Seeing this equipment as we rode out reminds us our days in the fields are limited.

We circled the back field twice in opposite directions, added in some trotting plus went up and down gradual inclines for Mara’s “conditioning” session.

All while appreciating the gorgeous sky above us.

Practice Loop

Mara B and I left Bo in a stall and headed off this afternoon in another new direction for a spring ride.

The footing was quite squishy but the path is one of our favorites. Our first new observation was that the old barn had been knocked down since we last rode past.

We were guessing maybe this bulldozer was used to demolish that barn.

Our practice session then started when Mara B spotted these two guys ahead on the road. Plus two piles of covered wood. Both were “new” landmarks for us and Mara B did not like them and I didn’t like her ‘up’ reaction so I simply dismounted.

We walked up to those two men who told us they were there putting up a turkey blind. One guy said to me “thought you were supposed to ride the horse” yes I explained “I prefer to ride too but she found you scary!” Then I remounted and we rode the rest of the way home.

Every ride is a training/practice ride of sorts and today’s ride reminded me of that fact.

Greet Load Trot

It’s Saturday and Jay and Lindy B joined in on our Mara B time today. Jay had plenty grooming work to do, while Lindy met up with Bo who is now suppose to stay at the stable when riders go out. Darn, Mara B and I are going to miss his companionship, but of course it’s for his safety and we understand.

Mara was able to practice trailer loading too! Thank you Natalie for letting us have access to your horse trailer.

Trotting down to Sam’s was fun and we love having Jay hike along!

We end with a sighting of early spring buds!

Our family – horse – dog time was a treat for us all.

Side Roads & Patriarch

Mara B and I had a really nice noontime ride today, we diverted off the main lane to Sam’s checking out little side roads and driveways along the way. We slowly continue to expand our spring riding range.

The main road is very dry now, the smaller dirt roads we tested are still moist to muddy.

Arriving back at the barn we were greeted by Tom the farm Patriarch (and lovely man.) Tom and crew were spring cleaning around the grounds.

Signs of springtime continue to greet us, today presented the first few Killdeer sightings.

Gabe and the Sled

What’s more fun than a four year old boy! Mara B and I had a wonderful visit with Kathryn and Gabe this afternoon.

The cats, goats and horses were all fun, but the sled ride behind Mara B was a blast. The paddock horses were very curious!

We all had a fun afternoon adventure together. Thanks for the photos Kathryn.And Gabe gets to stay for the week!

Meyer Farm Road

Wanting to head a different direction and looking for a ‘soft’ surface to travel, Mara and I rode through the Meyer Farm this afternoon. The day was gray, still and quiet and we observed stark silhouettes in all directions.

The cows were friendly but the road really soupy, so we returned home and continued around a field with Bo joining us. It’s fun to have Bo darting in and out and racing around, Mara handles all the action very well.

For the middle of December Mara B and I had another very good winter ride.

Some Wind & December Pumpkins

Mara felt great today, there was some wind but mild temps so off we went on a power walk to Sam’s. Mara really enjoyed stretching her legs.

Retuning to the barn then we rode the back field, our go to spot lately where we’ve been watching the composting pumpkins disappear more and more each day.

Mara had a farrier appointment with Brian to wrap up our afternoon, we had a nice human/horse day together.

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!