The ground is also mushy, soft, muddy and spongy! Please notice the side of Mara’s face, she is simply dirty from winter crud and stall crud. Today the spring mud found us.
Mara B and I saw the signs of mud season everywhere.
We had a lovely walk out around the neighborhood for a new view and looked for all things green.
Welcome to the spring equinox.
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. 🍀
Mara B was one wet girl when I brought her in this afternoon.
Even my drive to the barn showed signs of all the rain and fog enveloping us today.
Mara nibbled and I used the shedding blade to groom her.
The last two days I have hand walked Mara down the road for a new view and to check the road conditions. It’s been refreshing and we are seeing geese have returned and are in the soaked fields.
We did have ride time in the indoor arena before Mara had to go back out into the rain. Sunshine will be welcome when we see it next.
Mara B and I generally like the volume low and we appreciate the sounds of silence when we are out in nature. Today we rode in the arena due to icy footing and listened to ice dripping and ice sliding off the roof. We had the garage door open for some light. Mara wanted to trot and move which felt good to both of us.
Sunday Jay visited and we faced ice and windy conditions.
Today writing about soundscapes made me want to share a book title with you, if you feel you may appreciate the quiet lane too, I think you’ll value my new favorite book.
I think Mara would be a fan of “Silence: In the Age of Noise” too.
Sunday afternoon Jay and I decided it was time to daydream about flowers. Mara B seemed to be in agreement.
We had arena time, grooming and it’s now obvious that Mara is shedding.
Sunday afternoon the pasture horses were running and playing! And we loved watching the action when we returned Mara to her paddock.
No photos of Jay darn, because he was our photographer. Today’s (Monday) visit with Mara was quiet, low key and mellow, with cold temperatures again restricting our activities.
Mara B and I met up with Jackie and Leo and Jennifer and Bella at the snow pile behind the indoor arena this afternoon. Trust me we have more snow than we need around River Brink these days.
The winter conditions have been rather challenging but are not keeping us from our wonderful horses! Jackie, thank you for being the photographer for us today.
Mara B and I are looking forward to some March melting.
Gabe and I ventured out this snowy afternoon to visit Mara B, Bella, Socks the cat, and the baby goats. Plenty of snow was falling and it was peaceful and pretty. First thing we noticed was Holly in the snow hollow, the effects of all the snow and wind we’ve had.
Mara enjoyed a nibble plus Gabe’s attention and antics.
We did visit Bella and the baby goats when we went in the barn, but never saw Socks. (Why? Where was he? why?) Lots of playful energy and activities for a snowy afternoon.
Mara B and I enjoyed deep snow, brilliant sunshine and chatting with friends this afternoon. I groomed Mara while she snacked and I even attempted to give her a bit of a snow bath. She is shedding so I was covered in white hair.
We played in the deep snow and basked in the sun light.
I also had a fun surprise from Jennifer who had found ‘Mara Mugs’ on her recent trip and was so dear to get a pair of them for Jay and me! Special, sweet and appreciated.
Mara, Jay and I are blessed with our wonderful Barn pals, who enrich our days.
How lovely it was to be back to the regular routine around the stable this afternoon. Mara and her pals were outside in their paddock when I arrived. All the horses were out and appeared calm, content and happy to be enjoying this first day of February.
From laying down in her stall, Mara does have a need for daily grooming, and I worked hard on cleaning her up.
I was determined to ride today and we did. Plus we met and enjoyed new boarder Carley and her horse Billy. Chatting with them was so pleasant that it nicely extended our ride time. Thus Mara B and I ended up with an excellent Friday afternoon together. Welcome to the barn Carley and Billy!
I’m hoping to be back to more consistent riding in the days ahead. Hello February ’19.