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.

Clouds and Tractors

Today Mara and I were seeing some of the big tractors and farm equipment out of storage and being cleaned and inspected, a good sign of Spring we think. Our ride time out back was all about enjoying the beautiful blue sky and big fluffy clouds. The footing is still very mixed between snow and very wet/muddy ground which is contributing to help condition Mara a little bit more each ride.

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.

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.

March Messes

Mara was a mess! And a conscientious boarder also addressed the messes in the stable with this message on the chalk board today! March has simply brought us mud, dirt and messes now. I did not even attempt to groom Mara because she was wet/damp and there was not much I was going to accomplish. We had connection time over her food and good conversation with Barn pals. Remember, Mara B is a real horse, she lives outside and she loves to roll.

Spring Vet Visit

Mara B recognized Dr Toby this afternoon! She knows the drill and today it was spring shots for Mara B. Plus Dr Toby checked her teeth to determine if they need to be floated, however we will wait until fall on her teeth. So we had lots of grooming and chatting with Barn pals, and the Vet check as our main activities today. Then we did ride around close to the stable but had quite a brisk and cool breeze so kept it rather short.

Warming Room & Stretching

On cold days like today I always head first to the warmest room in the Barn, the bathroom to warm up Mara’s bit. We then had really good arena ride time, trotting circles and doing stretching exercises. Mara and I both admit to needing some improved flexibility, and today Mara had some practice. It just felt good to be back in the saddle, for me.