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.

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.

Bomb Cyclone

Mara B and the stall horses stayed in today! We are experiencing a ‘bomb cyclone’ in this part of Wisconsin. My morning started with a text from Pat letting me know that Mara B was tucked in her stall for the day due to this crazy weather. We’ve simply been listening to the wind howl and watching snow, rain, hail and sleet pound us.

Not having my connection time with Mara actually feels odd since it’s my daily groove and comforting companionship activity. (I’m sort of driven to spend time with her and to ‘care’ for her.) However Pat told me the roads were horrible so I stayed home today. At least I have Jay and Lindy here and a good book to read (fyi: “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane” by: Lisa See) in case you’re stuck inside due to the weather too.

As I’ve said before, weather does play into our horse time experiences.

Thanks to the work crew at the stable, we’re very grateful for each of you, a day like today highlights your huge contribution to caring for our special horses.

Conditioning

Mara B and I thought of today’s ride as a conditioning workout. We love being on the soft ground in the back fields and know that in no time Spring planting will be happening there. Seeing this equipment as we rode out reminds us our days in the fields are limited.

We circled the back field twice in opposite directions, added in some trotting plus went up and down gradual inclines for Mara’s “conditioning” session.

All while appreciating the gorgeous sky above us.

Greet Load Trot

It’s Saturday and Jay and Lindy B joined in on our Mara B time today. Jay had plenty grooming work to do, while Lindy met up with Bo who is now suppose to stay at the stable when riders go out. Darn, Mara B and I are going to miss his companionship, but of course it’s for his safety and we understand.

Mara was able to practice trailer loading too! Thank you Natalie for letting us have access to your horse trailer.

Trotting down to Sam’s was fun and we love having Jay hike along!

We end with a sighting of early spring buds!

Our family – horse – dog time was a treat for us all.

Spring Mist

Mara and I started our time together with the Vet this morning. It was time for her spring shots and annual blood work for her thyroid condition. Mara B has received daily medication for the past year to balance her thyroid and it’s working very well.

Then it was off for a quiet ride in the spring mist. Silence and stillness surrounded us in the light mist, and it was very peaceful and beautiful.

We passed next to where manure is now being spread on the fields, which is another ritual of the season.

The soft ground, mild temperatures and stillness made for a great outing for us.

Two Favorites

Mara B and I passed by our favorite pony Peanut on our ride up to the cow pasture this afternoon.

Bo joined us on the tour of another of our favorites, which is riding around the lower meadow and the upper orchard area of the ‘cow pasture.’

The sights are always the same yet somehow different each day we’re there.

Today looked like it could be either fall or spring.

Mara warmed up with our hike up hill and Bo was darn right hot when we returned to the stable so he cooled off first chance he had in the remaining all most nonexistent snow.

A pleasant early April ride with Ms Mara B.

Smell the Pine Needles

Mara and I returned to our quiet neighborhood street for today’s stroll. The fresh smell of pine needles and trimmed branches on the ground really caught our attention, and a very pleasant scent greeted us.

We really like passing this beautiful driveway and plan to go down it when I figure out how to get permission.

We also enjoyed the subtle sounds of wind chimes in this garden.

We dedicated our ride to Auntie Kay for her April Fools Day Birthday! Kay is pictured here on a summer visit with Mara B.

Barn pal Liz has a birthday today too! No pranks just special birthday greetings from Mara B and me to you two today. Happy April Fools Day to all you other wonderful Mara Moments followers. 🌼

Hair A Flyin’

When we arrived this afternoon we found Mara and her paddock pals all relaxing together. Such a cute herd of mares.

Then Jay did a wonderful job of grooming Ms Mara B and she is certainly shedding. When brushing Mara today, there was hair everywhere as well as all over Jay. The brisk afternoon winds were blowing hair, horse and human.

A bright, breezy, bonding time with Mara B.