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. 🌼

Contrails

Mara B and I rode south down the road and then north through the back field today. Only slivers of snow remains. I was able to appreciate the gorgeous sky now that I’m not worried about ice under foot. Contrails across the sky stood out as our observation.

The road to Sam’s was perfect for some trotting! The back field was muddy and very moist. (showing our own tracks below.)

Mara B was a very good horse and we had a fine Monday outing together.

Bo Stayed In

Mara B and I wanted to ride to the Meyer Farm this afternoon so we left Bo behind in a stall. We really enjoy having him ride along when he does join us, however the Meyers do not want dog visits, so Bo stayed home. It’s been months since we’ve been to the Meyer Farm and it was fun to return today.

We met up with serious ice before getting to the field service road, and I didn’t want to dismount or walk Mara over it, so we just greeted the cows turned around and headed to Sam’s.

The conditions were wonderful, I’m even back to wearing actual riding boots not winter boots and a down vest not a jacket!

Mara B was great and it’s energizing for us to be less contained. Spring felt marvelous this March day. Now we’ll end with the latest note on the barn message board, I chuckled when I read it.

Warm Up and Stretch

Fun to see Julie, Maisy and Skeeter out on the road enjoying the warmup this afternoon. Julie lives down the road from River Brink and owns Barbie and baby Cha-Ching as well.

With the warm up and Jay as photographer, here are a few highlights of Mara B and Stormy (with Marina) stretching their legs too.

Thank you for hiking along with us Jay. Wow, what a treat to have a mild day and to ride out!

Neighborhood Walk

Warm temps and sunshine made for pleasant conditions to ride around the neighborhood this afternoon. Mara B and I came upon Gavin who was also out enjoying the day so we stopped, said hello and had a good conversation. Gavin liked meeting Mara B and we liked meeting Gavin, the warmer weather is bringing people back outside again, which feels wonderful.

Swedish Mission & More Corn


Mara B was ready and waiting for me this afternoon! We lucked out and ended November with one more great day to ride outside. Due to road construction we had not been able to cross M for months, however now it’s completed and so today we rode to Swedish Mission Road as our destination. Returning to the barn we did make another loop around the cornfield as the sun and golden light were ideal.

Buck Territory 


Mara B and I rode the Dairy loop with Jennifer and Bella this afternoon. We saw the tell tale signs of deer “rutting” on trees. Google tells me that Bucks rub their antlers on small flexible trees to rub off the velvet that initially covers them. (Clearly damaging the tree). Other barn friends were also out riding the loop and we met up with them on the way back to the barn! The ride was my Halloween treat.

Dividing Our Time


Weather, sloppy mud and wind shortened our outdoor ride today.  We had much of our connection time in the indoor arena, on the ground and in the saddle. Our outdoor ride was the stretch of road right near the stable. Wet leaves and some patches of snow are covering the ground. We’re definitely feeling the change of seasons.

The colors at River Brink

Char took this great photo of us today to highlight the gorgeous autumn colors we’re enjoying at the barn this Monday in October.

After Char and SeaB and Mara and I trotted and cantered in a cut field we then headed in a different direction than usual and had a good ride “down the road” together. Thanks Char!