YouTube Filming

My neighbor Matthew was out of school today so he joined us at the barn to do filming for his YouTube channel. Today his project was “winter horse time.” Matthew filmed Mara B, SeaB, the Icelandic horses and the pasture herd.

Mara remembers Matthew and really likes him. The Icies enjoyed being filmed too.

We filmed in the indoor arena to warm up as it was 19 degrees outside today.

Thanks for joining us this afternoon Matthew, I look forward to seeing your completed project.

Practice & Animal Crackers

Mara had some practice loading into Lorrie’s horse trailer this afternoon. It’s nice for her to stay tuned up with this skill. Thank you Lorrie, we appreciate the opportunity.

Jay was our photographer and groom today. We gave Mara free time in the indoor arena plus I saddled her up for a little light riding.

Then we met up with Greg and Suzy Q and Greg had brought Suzy a big bag of animal crackers! I did not know that horses like them.

May we all enjoy a special treat this weekend.

Doors are Closed

The heat is now on in the barn and all the barn doors have been shut. Mara B was definitely ready to come into the barn for our visit today. It was cold, rainy, and windy.

Mara enjoyed her hay while I attempted to clean her up before heading to the indoor arena. We are not big fans of the indoor arena, however she did enjoy free time to race around today.

The next few days look like more questionable outdoor riding weather. So Mara and I are just dreaming of our next ride outside together.

Most days I think ahead to where we may ride and then I love to review the rides in my head when I’m back home.

A Trio

Sharing photos from Saturday, Sunday and today! Jay’s day on Saturday was fun for all three of us. Mara loves his attention and I appreciated his photography skills. Jay captured our fun in the fields ride time.

Sunday was a cold rainy washout for us. I simply brought Mara B in for some food and a respite from the crummy weather. There is not much you can do with a really wet horse.

Today we got our ride in before the sprinkles arrived. We found some fall scenes to share. We also watched a large buck come dashing out of the woods and race across the back fields directly in front of us to the woods on the far side. A powerful sight of freedom.

Mara and I are still seeing the beauty of late autumn.

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.

Current Color Palette

Mara and I found some beautiful color amongst the neutrals of the current landscape on our solo adventure this afternoon.

We circled the cut fields behind the Stable again and had fun trotting through the cut soybean field.

All was very still and quiet and we returned in just as the afternoon sprinkles arrived. A pleasant Friday afternoon ride with Mara B.

Empty Nest /Empty Space

After Mara B had a chance to expend some energy, we rode off on a peaceful quiet ride together this afternoon.

We embraced empty nests and wide open expansive spaces. We saw two empty nests, many Blue Jays, a Cardinal and half a dozen deer who we disturbed in the cornfield.

We love riding around the cut fields.

Molly even snapped a photo of me today.

I’m trying to observe the landscape with curiosity and wonder as fall descends upon us more and more each day.

October‘s Changing Weather

Mara and I have encountered many weather variations these past few days! Conditions change daily, yesterday it was fresh snow that greeted us on Jay’s Sunday rendezvous with Ms Mara.

Today we appreciated sunshine on our ride to the cow pasture and through cut corn fields! Some apple trees are still loaded with apples while others have only the last few hanging on.

Riding through cut fields remains a favorite place for me to ride though, it reminds me of childhood rides in North Dakota.

So it was fun to circle around a cut cornfield this morning. Mara’s coat is getting very thick and felt warm from the sunshine when I rubbed her neck!

Sweet Pup & Out!

Mara and I have been enjoying Pat’s pup Bo lately and this morning he was our sweet greeting committee. Bo is proving to be as dear as Brutus, and it’s fun to be seeing more of him.

Mara and I got ‘out’ of the indoor and enjoyed the Meyer’s loop. Today’s photos highlight the current landscape.

We had pretty chilly temps (in the 30s) but Ms Mara was great, the country side beautiful and slowly some sunshine brightened the morning.

Doused

Mara B has been in the slop lately, after three days of pretty much continuous rain.

I visit and spend time with Mara every day but we hadn’t ridden these past few days. So this afternoon it was time to saddle up and enjoy riding in the indoor arena. We trotted and circled, observed the pasture horses and ignored the weather conditions (as it was still misting.)

All while thinking about Benjamin and that today is “World Mental Health Day 2018”

Mara sure helps me with my mental health….and here’s an Instagram post I saw this morning to share with you…..