Warmth & Blue Skies

Mara B and I enjoyed Mariela’s lovely warmth again today! Plus she was our photographer.

Mara and I also got in a great ride in the back field. We had another huge buck run out in front of us, savored the warmer afternoon temps and soaked up the gorgeous blue skies.

Mariela wanted to drive the car rather than ride a horse, so she got practice driving time after our barn visit! Thanks for the entertaining spin around our neighborhood and the fun photos today Mariela.

Practice & Animal Crackers

Mara had some practice loading into Lorrie’s horse trailer this afternoon. It’s nice for her to stay tuned up with this skill. Thank you Lorrie, we appreciate the opportunity.

Jay was our photographer and groom today. We gave Mara free time in the indoor arena plus I saddled her up for a little light riding.

Then we met up with Greg and Suzy Q and Greg had brought Suzy a big bag of animal crackers! I did not know that horses like them.

May we all enjoy a special treat this weekend.

AZ Visitor meets Mara & WI Snow

Mara B and I have not seen each other for a few days while I’ve been enjoying Little Free Library meetings and visiting LFL Board Members! I was definitely missing my horse time but found some horse inspiration on a few of our outings.

(There will be a special prize for the follower who can correctly identify where I spotted this beautiful horse.)

Today at the end of our meetings Jake, from Arizona visited Mara B with me and they really hit it off.

I was delighted to have my Mara B check in time and to share her with Jake. We seem to be on to a new season.

Doors are Closed

The heat is now on in the barn and all the barn doors have been shut. Mara B was definitely ready to come into the barn for our visit today. It was cold, rainy, and windy.

Mara enjoyed her hay while I attempted to clean her up before heading to the indoor arena. We are not big fans of the indoor arena, however she did enjoy free time to race around today.

The next few days look like more questionable outdoor riding weather. So Mara and I are just dreaming of our next ride outside together.

Most days I think ahead to where we may ride and then I love to review the rides in my head when I’m back home.

A Trio

Sharing photos from Saturday, Sunday and today! Jay’s day on Saturday was fun for all three of us. Mara loves his attention and I appreciated his photography skills. Jay captured our fun in the fields ride time.

Sunday was a cold rainy washout for us. I simply brought Mara B in for some food and a respite from the crummy weather. There is not much you can do with a really wet horse.

Today we got our ride in before the sprinkles arrived. We found some fall scenes to share. We also watched a large buck come dashing out of the woods and race across the back fields directly in front of us to the woods on the far side. A powerful sight of freedom.

Mara and I are still seeing the beauty of late autumn.

November 1 & 2

November has provided us some lovely riding weather so far! Yesterday Mara B and I met up with Bruce, a pasture horse who likes to hang out alone at the far corner of the pasture. Bruce has surprised a number of horses and riders from his side of the fence! We clearly saw him this time as we passed by.

Mara B also met up with her favorite farrier Brian for a trim and a new set of shoes.

This afternoon we enjoyed another great ride with Leah and her mare Holly. Mara and I gave them a little tour around the upper cow pasture and then on a loop around the Meyer’s Farm.

We will take 45 more days like today please, with ideal weather, open fields and good horses to ride.

Welcome to November.

Two Classics

Today’s post is spotlighting faithful Mara Moments follower, Uncle Raymond. Jay and I visited Raymond this weekend and enjoyed seeing the horse he lives with! His horse is from the frieze of the Parthenon in Athen’s Greece. Thanks for riding along with us Ray!

Mara B and I have had two great rides, yesterday and today so we’re sharing a few highlights from both of them here.

Sunday afternoon we had some lovely sun angles to enjoy.

Today we noticed how bare the trees really are now. However our big observation was the new deer stand on wheels. Plus we stopped to say hello to Barbie and Cha Ching on our way back home.

Cha Ching is friendly and really growing!

Happy Trails to all our followers.

Empty Nest /Empty Space

After Mara B had a chance to expend some energy, we rode off on a peaceful quiet ride together this afternoon.

We embraced empty nests and wide open expansive spaces. We saw two empty nests, many Blue Jays, a Cardinal and half a dozen deer who we disturbed in the cornfield.

We love riding around the cut fields.

Molly even snapped a photo of me today.

I’m trying to observe the landscape with curiosity and wonder as fall descends upon us more and more each day.

Ride for a Friend

Mara B and I went to the lower meadow and the upper pasture on a dedicated solo ride this afternoon in memory of special friend Todd Bol. Todd was the founder and Executive Director of Little Free Library. Todd passed away this morning too young and too soon and our hearts are heavy. Todd and the people of Little Free Library have provided tremendous support to me and my family.

The upper pasture was extremely quiet, peaceful and so pleasant. We saw open Milkweed pods so we collected pods full of seeds and put them in my camera bag. They traveled home with me to be planted in our wildflower meadow.

Eternal peace to my dear friend Todd, whose own dad had a passion for riding and showing horses. Thus horses, books and libraries are solid connections between us!

Long View

Mara B kindly nudged the barn cats warming up in the sun on our way out the door this morning, it was sweet. Then Tera and Rosie joined us on a ride through the Meyers Farm and up to the power line look out.

We continued around the loop and saw a tractor working in one field and one parked where they have clearly started to plow under the field.

Both Mara and Rosie where great dealing with today’s wind. However Mara was feeling “off” after our ride and received some special attention from Melodee and me before I left the stable for the day. Hopefully she’s back to feeling better already. Sandi on chore crew tonight will give her an extra special eye when she feeds her! Mara and I both appreciate their assistance.