Dry Fields & Thicker Coat

Mara B and I had such a fine ride this afternoon, it was so nice to be together. Her coat is considerably thicker than the last time I saw her.

More fields have been cut, and those still standing are very dry.

Good to be back in the saddle for fall rides with Mara.

Rain = Relax

Todays rainy damp weather put me in slow motion and Mara B agreed we would accomplish other tasks today. We had a good visit with no ride time. First up was my drive to the coop to pick up Mara’s feed, because she is on such a strict diet she cannot eat what the Stable feeds, she gets Tribute and I pick it up for her every few months.

The paddocks are all a wet mess plus Mara was in need of cleaning her hind end and legs so we started in the shower stall. You’re seeing “after” photos.

I groomed Mara plus relaxed with the three Barn cats and Brutus while she ate her snack.

Between sprinkles we went on a walk and said hello to a new foal that has recently arrived. A real cutie!

A variation in our usual routine that was pleasant and slow going.

Handling Hay in the Heat

Ninety plus degrees this afternoon when Jay and I had our Mara B time! Every one was moving slowly. Mara enjoyed the cool of the Barn, a snack of hay and grooming.

Pat and Sam were delivering and stacking hay in the barn. We had a good chat with them.

Jay worked on installing a hay net in Mara’s stall. But he said it wasn’t hot enough to be working in a small dark enclosed space with no air moving.

I guess we’ll finish this project on a cooler day!

Round with Rosie & No Reins

Tera and Rosie rode with us this morning on their first ever trail ride around the Meyer loop. Rosie was wonderful and enjoyed covering some new territory! It was special and fun for everyone.

Returning to the barn we met up with other riders and joined them on the dairy loop.

Alanna rode Allegro with no reins, because she rode him bridleless! Yes, that was with no bridle, wow. The amazing bond between horse and rider was powerful and cool to observe. Alanna rode with leg aids rather than reins!

An excellent Barn/riding day with many different horses and horse gals. It felt like trail riding in the classic traditional sense.

A Great Double

Kim and Rio and Mara and I had an ideal day for a great morning ride! We successfully rode each of our two main riding “loops” and were delighted that the ride was peaceful and uneventful.

Large gorgeous clouds and color changes in fields along the way were our main observations.

Mara B and Rio were both marvelous mounts.

Under the Canopy

Mara B and I started today’s ride time in the arena trotting patterns around the barrels and we practiced opening the gate.

We ventured back up to the cow pasture next and felt like we were under a canopy of trees, apples and dense bushes. Other than to many bugs and tall tall weeds it’s really magical up there.

Many varieties of red apples plus a few beautiful butterflies caught our eye.

A pleasant Friday afternoon excursion with Mara B.

Dusty Road & Open Spaces

Mara and I rode the Meyers loop and the wonderful sandy field road was very dusty. The sky, fields and views were spacious and wide open.

Mara was so good, it was perfectly still and we had no sightings other than a couple of hawk feathers along the way. A peaceful quiet outing.

Lesson Fun & Horsey Lunch

Alicia, Abby, Olivia and Annamaria had riding lessons with Alanna and Allegro this morning! Honey joined Mara to receive special grooming, braiding of their manes and tails and plenty of loving attention from our visitors.

Riding was fun for everyone!

And lunch with the horses very amusing!

The horses joined in on the conversation and liked eating watermelon and grapes. Some real good girl/horse/barn fun!

A Little Relaxation

Mara B got the day off from Dr Ed, he said not to ride today to let yesterday’s treatment settle in. So we had some easygoing low key time and a hand walk down the road together.

Relaxed grooming, snacking and strolling with Mara was a pleasant change of pace.

Jay’s Workout

Enjoy the fruits of Jay’s photography from our Mara B time together this warm Saturday afternoon (Jay said “an afternoon of very high humidity” thus the ‘workout’ terminology!) I rode, Mara walked and Jay was our photographer while hiking through the lower meadow of the cow pasture.

It was lovely.

Jay was artistic and a real trooper!

Thank you Jay!