In & Asphalt

After the rain, Mara B and her paddock pals are back in slop. When I rounded the corner to greet her, I could see her reflection in the ‘paddock pond’ that should not be there.

We embraced riding ‘in’ again this afternoon and really enjoyed our trot time before heading outside. We stayed on the asphalt roads because the ground is so saturated.

The road was an alternative route due to wet conditions, but still providing some incline work and a change of scenery for Mara B today.

Grooming and a nibble for Ms Mara completed our visit.

1/2 In 1/2 Out

Mara B was waiting for me today! Half of our afternoon ride time was in the indoor arena due to very gusty winds. I enjoyed our warmup trotting circles and Mara seemed to as well.

However I’m drawn to ride outside so we also took a swing around the stable grounds and up, down & around a back field. Mara gets to extend her legs and climbing the slight incline of the hill is good conditioning for her. It feels satisfying to me to ride outside but I will admit the wind got the best of me on the way home this time.

Mara B was a good horse and a real trooper! We all know weather plays a big factor in trail riding.

Out On The Road!

Mara B and I had a great afternoon with Jay today! Riding down the road to Sam’s was a treat. Jay groomed Mara plus hiked along with us as photographer. Enjoy his photos and our spring views.

The afternoon sunshine, mild temperatures and no wind was delightful.

Mara, Jay and I believe spring has arrived.

“May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, may good luck pursue you each morning and night.” Spring brings us hope, happy Saint Patrick’s Day to all our lovely followers. 🍀

Sled & Glove

Mara B and I had a wonderful solo snow ride together this afternoon. First though I reintroduced her to the snow sled and we had practice time pulling and playing with it.

Then we headed to the side hay field for a new view. I hand walk Mara over there to avoid ice. Then I use a ‘snow drift’ to stand on to mount or in simple terms to get on her!

Bo joined us and we walked on the snowmobile trails.

We also rode in the back hay field where I then dropped my glove! (Taking the photos for the post!)

Just to let you know I had to dismount, and remount directly from the ground (no snow drift was available.) Well, I was proud of myself because even with my snow pants on and chaps over the snow pants plus my big snow boots on I made it up first try! Truly, you simply have to believe me, and know that feat made my day. With no wind, the sun higher in the sky and the rays stronger Mara B and I had a delightful afternoon together.

Ride for a Friend

Mara B and I went to the lower meadow and the upper pasture on a dedicated solo ride this afternoon in memory of special friend Todd Bol. Todd was the founder and Executive Director of Little Free Library. Todd passed away this morning too young and too soon and our hearts are heavy. Todd and the people of Little Free Library have provided tremendous support to me and my family.

The upper pasture was extremely quiet, peaceful and so pleasant. We saw open Milkweed pods so we collected pods full of seeds and put them in my camera bag. They traveled home with me to be planted in our wildflower meadow.

Eternal peace to my dear friend Todd, whose own dad had a passion for riding and showing horses. Thus horses, books and libraries are solid connections between us!

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…..

Handling Hay in the Heat

Ninety plus degrees this afternoon when Jay and I had our Mara B time! Every one was moving slowly. Mara enjoyed the cool of the Barn, a snack of hay and grooming.

Pat and Sam were delivering and stacking hay in the barn. We had a good chat with them.

Jay worked on installing a hay net in Mara’s stall. But he said it wasn’t hot enough to be working in a small dark enclosed space with no air moving.

I guess we’ll finish this project on a cooler day!

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!