192 Years of Horse Love

Today childhood horse pal Ann, plus special horsey cousin Maura visited Ms Mara with me, and amazingly our combined ages equal 192! The three of us represent the ageless horse gals everywhere. We all had a fun time taking care of and enjoying Mara B together.

Between reminiscing about our fabulous old horses, horse pals from childhood and our riding adventures, we groomed Mara and introduced Ann to River Brink. Then we saddled up Mara for Ann to have a little “back in the saddle” experience.

Wonderful to reminisce, share Mara, and share horse love with two significant horsewomen.

Rain = Relax

Todays rainy damp weather put me in slow motion and Mara B agreed we would accomplish other tasks today. We had a good visit with no ride time. First up was my drive to the coop to pick up Mara’s feed, because she is on such a strict diet she cannot eat what the Stable feeds, she gets Tribute and I pick it up for her every few months.

The paddocks are all a wet mess plus Mara was in need of cleaning her hind end and legs so we started in the shower stall. You’re seeing “after” photos.

I groomed Mara plus relaxed with the three Barn cats and Brutus while she ate her snack.

Between sprinkles we went on a walk and said hello to a new foal that has recently arrived. A real cutie!

A variation in our usual routine that was pleasant and slow going.

Apple Treats & More Practice

Some kind person at the Barn left a paper bag of free apples for the horses to eat. Mara who is on such a strict diet is getting to have one a day and loving them. Mara even knows the sound of the wrestling bag when I put my hand in there to find the perfect apple for her!

Tera and Rosie felt like more trail riding practice so they joined us on a ride around the Meyer loop again this afternoon. Rosie was noticeably more relaxed on this second ride.

A low key and successful practice ride for everyone.

After the Rain

More rain around here, however Mara B and I did get out for a good ride during the dry stretch with no rain showers this afternoon.

The earth smelled ‘earthy’ the air was moist and everything felt dewy.

We had no wind and Mara was great, so it was a pleasant afternoon for us.

September Sun

Mara B and I had a later afternoon ride today and the angle of the sun was beautiful.

The conditions were what I like, very calm, quiet and still.

It was one lovely view after another this afternoon!

And new Barn pup Bo greeted us when we returned to the Barn.

Happy Labor Day Weekend to all our wonderful Mara Moments followers, thank you for riding along with us, we appreciate your support. 💛☀️🐎 Helen

8/18

August has come and gone and it was a month of great rides for Mara B and me! Off we went this morning with Victoria and Cricket.

Mara led the way first around the dairy loop.

Plus half of the Meyers loop. The weather improved each step of the way and it turned out to be a beautiful ride with subtle colors of September starting to peak through.

Thank you Mara B for all the lovely summer rides of 2018.

Round with Rosie & No Reins

Tera and Rosie rode with us this morning on their first ever trail ride around the Meyer loop. Rosie was wonderful and enjoyed covering some new territory! It was special and fun for everyone.

Returning to the barn we met up with other riders and joined them on the dairy loop.

Alanna rode Allegro with no reins, because she rode him bridleless! Yes, that was with no bridle, wow. The amazing bond between horse and rider was powerful and cool to observe. Alanna rode with leg aids rather than reins!

An excellent Barn/riding day with many different horses and horse gals. It felt like trail riding in the classic traditional sense.

A Great Double

Kim and Rio and Mara and I had an ideal day for a great morning ride! We successfully rode each of our two main riding “loops” and were delighted that the ride was peaceful and uneventful.

Large gorgeous clouds and color changes in fields along the way were our main observations.

Mara B and Rio were both marvelous mounts.

Greet & Eat

We were washed out by rain today, so Mara B and I took it as a relaxing day “off.” Mara was damp and dirt, she ate while I cleaned her up. The Barn was silent and still.

For our little outing I hand walked her down the road.

We were able to avoid the raindrops long enough for Mara to stop and nibble a few flowers along the way.

Our very wet, damp, and muddy conditions kept us off the trails….

Late August Gardens

To avoid the wet muddy trails and buggy conditions today Mara B and I rode the quiet neighborhood road this morning. It was very calm and pleasant. We did have two bicycle riders zoom around a curve toward us and we don’t often have experience with bikes, but Mara was fine and the boys really friendly.

The late summer gardens we rode past looked stunning to us! Ornamental grasses and various blooms highlighted a few of the gardens we stopped to enjoy.

The air was warm and humid and the gnats and flies were ‘bugging’ both of us. Mara did wear her “quiet ride” mask and I also put her fly mask (thanks Char) on her when she returned to her paddock. (to keep flies out of her eyes.)

It was a good change of route and routine for our Monday together.