Blue & White

Mara and I enjoyed crystal clear blue skies on today’s ride. We rode through long rows of white snowy cornfield stubble, and around the edge of woods. The sun warmed us and the winds were still, it was mostly silent except for the occasional bird sounds, ideal conditions. Mara even cleaned her legs to her fetlocks (horses’s ankle) by going through the fresh snow, which was an added bonus!

Boot Change

Time to change my boots! So today I switched from wearing winter boots to muck boots. Mara B and two of her pals were relaxing together when I arrived early this morning to beat a predicted late spring snow storm. Mara and I just had grooming and ground games in the indoor arena together and took the day “off” as a snow day! On our way back to her paddock we saw the pasture horses in their upper pasture hunkered down for the weather that’s supposedly on it’s way. Hopefully Mara B can hang on to her place in the shelter tonight.

Devine, Brutus & Dogwoods

Mara B and I had such great walking companions on our ride this morning! Devine and Lorrie had a short outing with us and then Brutus joined Mara and me as we headed off down 880th. We talked to the Speedy Delivery driver, waved a few times to the Schwan’s truck and what really caught our eye was the brilliant Red Twig Dogwoods we passed along the way.

Kitty Visit

Kitty, Maura, Helen, Holly and Mara, the five of us stayed out of the falling snow and enjoyed horse time in the indoor arena together this afternoon. Fun to have Kitty visiting, Maura visiting and two great horses to work with. A marvelous Monday!

Cats and Cow Pasture

Mara and I enjoy the three Barn cats and they all joined us again for our grooming and food time this morning. After cleaning Mara as best I could, we then headed to the Cow Pasture and rode along the fence line and hiked up and down some gentle slopes and inclines for Mara’s benefit!

White Pines along the Way

Mara B and I had a calm peaceful walk down our quiet neighborhood lane today. The White Pines we passed smelled so fresh and lovely. We had Crows and Robins greeting us, rather than Geese on this route, we are seeing a great deal of snow melt.

Spring Stream

Fifty degrees this afternoon when I was with Mara, a welcome treat. There is no doubt about it, we are in the middle of mud season. After trying my best to clean her up and letting her eat. We saddled up and headed to the back corn field via the big farm equipment ‘parking space.’ I used these tractor steps as my mounting block. We then waded through this moving stream and Mara sniffed the water and dabbled her hoof in it, an effective way to clean her feet and lower legs.

Meet Phoenix

Phoenix and Anna rode out with us this afternoon, we all had a good walk to Sam’s and then around a bit of the hay field. The sunshine appeared, the wind was calm and we only had to maneuver mud and water puddles. The snow is disappearing and we are looking forward to some longer outings.

Wind/Energy/Farrier

Lots of energy around the stable today! The wind was blowing and many horses were very energetic in their paddocks. Mara and I headed up the cow pasture hill and she gave me a big spin around, I decided to get off and to hand walk her past the “issue.” I did remount and rode back with no further problem, but I feel the day, the weather, the energy field simply had the horses “up.” We also had a farrier appointment and then when I was grooming Mara at the end of our time together, a horse got loose and ran out of its paddock gate when another horse was being taken out. I was able to grab the loose gal and quickly returned her to her paddock. Looking for a calmer day tomorrow and returning to our usually peaceful pace.

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.