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.

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!

Chiropractic Acupuncture Appointment

Mara and I had a wonderful ride to the river and back with friends before meeting Dr. Ed at the barn this morning.

Then it was Mara’s first ever chiropractic/acupuncture ‘adjustment ‘ treatment. The process was very interesting, lasted about 40 minuets and she caught on that we were only treating her to help her feel well.

Licking, chewing and comfortable sighs from Mara B resulted. It was a little extra special tune up for her to keep her feeling her best.

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!

Apples and Acorns

Rio and Kim and Mara and I headed up to the cow pasture this morning and since there are no cows there this summer we delighted in strolling through the apple orchard.

We saw acorns and enjoyed the woods too.

We rode the dairy loop next and I’ll end today’s post with one of my favorite views from there.

A great Thursday ride. (Thanks for your additional photos Kim.)

Four Years

Four years ago today we bought Mara B! It was a big decision a big commitment and an experience that has helped me in many many ways. Mara B is the horse of my heart and has slipped in some soft soothing music to my days.

Today we had an excellent solo ride around the dairy loop that we dedicated to Benjamin. Walking under the gorgeous sky and among the peace and beauty of the fields and woods with Mara is delightful as well as calming for me. I’m grateful that we share our nature walks together.

Sharing Mara B with others, talking about Equine Therapy plus pals at the Barn are a few of the lovely things that Mara B has brought to us these past four years. Thank you Mara, love you Mara B!

Bea + Honey

Nancy brought Bea to visit Mara B this morning and we all had a honey of a time!

A big thank you to Jackie and Sophia who shared their Honey with us providing Bea and Nanc with an awesome horse adventure.

Mara B and I loved watching them enjoy Honey and friends.

Honey always lives up to her name and was a sweetie. Hope to see you again Bea!

Round Pen & A Solo

Mara seems to be in pretty good shape these days, so I like to warm her up in the round pen before we ride off. Today she really moved out, warmed up and enjoyed her fast free movement time.

This works for both of us since I ride at a slower pace! We then enjoyed a perfect peaceful solo ride around the dairy loop. We went over both of the dam/dike sections beautifully which made me proud, as I have had trepidation about those areas riding alone but today I did it. (Mara B has more confidence than I do at times I think.)

My observation for the day was seeing all the climbing vines growing on trees and fences that we passed.

A good start to August for us.