Trail Terrain Today

Jay, Mara and I had a wonderful walk, ride, hike around together this afternoon. We saw that the trails have really been washed out from the recent heavy rains. Enjoy Jay’s photos of today’s spring hike.

Plenty of washed out and carved gullies on the trail that pushed us into the field where we should not be riding.

We returned by way of the soybean fields.

It was a beautiful afternoon for a ride. Sharing these views of spring renewal and sending springtime blessings to all.

Bird Sounds

Mara B and I had such a peaceful noontime ride today. The sounds of birds and the fresh smell of the earth were very noticeable. We spotted cardinals and robins, heard Woodpeckers and a Pheasant. Two deer and a Turkey passed in front of us. A large tree recently fell.

We saw a ‘sand slide’ from all the recent spring rain.

Enjoyed stopping to visit Peanut on the way back to the barn.

The sights and sounds of springtime renewal were all around us.

Semicolon Day

Mara B and I rode in support of World Semicolon Day 2019 this afternoon. If you’re not familiar with Project Semicolon it is an international movement to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention. We hope you will learn more and share what you learn about Project Semicolon with those you are close to. It’s about no more self harm….

Our ride was the peaceful quiet lane we love. Today we spotted the return of the neighborhood goats we enjoy saying hello to.

Mara B and I reflected on Benjamin and the healing comfort offered us through the beauty of animals and nature.

Nurturing our mental and emotional health is critical for us all.

Special Pairs

Jay and Mara B are a special pair and they enjoyed their Saturday afternoon time together.

Jay hiked along with us plus took today’s photos to share. While we remembered special barn dogs I’ve enjoyed over my horse years, including Jumbo, Vegas and Brutus. I have been lucky to have these special dogs pair up with me on many wonderful rides.

Jay and Mara B are well connected on our outings together!

We are looking for a real return to spring.

Practice Loop

Mara B and I left Bo in a stall and headed off this afternoon in another new direction for a spring ride.

The footing was quite squishy but the path is one of our favorites. Our first new observation was that the old barn had been knocked down since we last rode past.

We were guessing maybe this bulldozer was used to demolish that barn.

Our practice session then started when Mara B spotted these two guys ahead on the road. Plus two piles of covered wood. Both were “new” landmarks for us and Mara B did not like them and I didn’t like her ‘up’ reaction so I simply dismounted.

We walked up to those two men who told us they were there putting up a turkey blind. One guy said to me “thought you were supposed to ride the horse” yes I explained “I prefer to ride too but she found you scary!” Then I remounted and we rode the rest of the way home.

Every ride is a training/practice ride of sorts and today’s ride reminded me of that fact.

Maple Tapping

Today’s ride took us past a few of the blue buckets being used for tapping maple trees around the stable. I really like observing seasonal activities like this.

Mara B and I then rode the first section of the Meyer’s field road and appreciated the new views. However the field road remains quite soft and mushy to comfortably ride.

It was a peaceful, quiet jaunt on a beautiful March afternoon with a gorgeous sky. The fields looked so neat and tidy.

We will appreciate a bit more drying to firm up the footing for our next ride through. Happy springtime.

Field Road

Mara B and I went through the Meyer Farm again this afternoon to check the condition of the field service road. We saw four deer on the way there plus a rafter of turkeys near the woods out beyond the farm yard. We decided ground conditions are improving however were still too wet and muddy for our liking to ride on.

It was a lovely March day

to be outside and to feel the warm sunshine.

Some wind and more sunshine will hopefully dry things up for weekend rides.

Snowmobile

Mara B and I had another ride out in the endless snowy expanse this afternoon. However, Sam rode off on his snowmobile as we rode out. We do not have experience with actual moving snowmobiles, only stationary ones. Mara had a keen sense it was there, so being able to clearly see it coming and going was helpful and she handled it well. (We were also in extremely deep snow with no place to go!) It was a new adventure for us.

Sam went up to the cow pasture as well out back along the trail. Here are his tracks we saw riding back in. The snowmobile was also parked by the time we returned.

We continued along then with a loop around the front paddocks and said hello to Gus and Rosie too.

Deep snow, sunshine and snowmobile action for Mara B and me today.

Pal in our Tracks

Mara B and I rode in the snowy back field this afternoon and Bo joined along. However with the significant snow depths Bo let Mara blaze the trail and mostly followed in her tracks, which is not his usual routine!

We went slowly, took some rests and savored the dazzling snow and silent surroundings. Mara even felt a touch warm when I dismounted. It was refreshing to be outside on the edge of the woods and moving through such deep snow!

Mara Boo

Gabe joined me this afternoon for some barn time and he gave Mara B the new nickname of Mara Boo! While Gabe climbed snow piles, and I brushed her, Mara ate hay and enjoyed our attention.

Gabe really really enjoyed Socks and Bo though more than any horse.

It’s been unique to slow my pace way way down and to see the barn through a little boys view. The barn, that magical place for all ages to take pleasure in.