Trail Terrain Today

Jay, Mara and I had a wonderful walk, ride, hike around together this afternoon. We saw that the trails have really been washed out from the recent heavy rains. Enjoy Jay’s photos of today’s spring hike.

Plenty of washed out and carved gullies on the trail that pushed us into the field where we should not be riding.

We returned by way of the soybean fields.

It was a beautiful afternoon for a ride. Sharing these views of spring renewal and sending springtime blessings to all.

Bird Sounds

Mara B and I had such a peaceful noontime ride today. The sounds of birds and the fresh smell of the earth were very noticeable. We spotted cardinals and robins, heard Woodpeckers and a Pheasant. Two deer and a Turkey passed in front of us. A large tree recently fell.

We saw a ‘sand slide’ from all the recent spring rain.

Enjoyed stopping to visit Peanut on the way back to the barn.

The sights and sounds of springtime renewal were all around us.

Semicolon Day

Mara B and I rode in support of World Semicolon Day 2019 this afternoon. If you’re not familiar with Project Semicolon it is an international movement to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention. We hope you will learn more and share what you learn about Project Semicolon with those you are close to. It’s about no more self harm….

Our ride was the peaceful quiet lane we love. Today we spotted the return of the neighborhood goats we enjoy saying hello to.

Mara B and I reflected on Benjamin and the healing comfort offered us through the beauty of animals and nature.

Nurturing our mental and emotional health is critical for us all.

Off the Ground

Watch Mara B get up off the ground, I found her resting when I arrived today, and was able to photograph her getting back up.

Yes, there are a few phases missing, but you get the gist!

Our ride time was circling the fields and doing lots of big serpentines crisscrossing back and forth. It felt like doing “drills” and was a good challenge and change up to our routine.

Still some real soupy wet spots out there (in the far corner ahead) Mara B doesn’t like that type of footing and she gave me a bit of a dance when we hit a super soaked wet area. I know her preferences, so we then changed direction, since I’m not a fighter. Our ride time and exercise drills felt like a refreshing start to the week.

Special Pairs

Jay and Mara B are a special pair and they enjoyed their Saturday afternoon time together.

Jay hiked along with us plus took today’s photos to share. While we remembered special barn dogs I’ve enjoyed over my horse years, including Jumbo, Vegas and Brutus. I have been lucky to have these special dogs pair up with me on many wonderful rides.

Jay and Mara B are well connected on our outings together!

We are looking for a real return to spring.

Bomb Cyclone

Mara B and the stall horses stayed in today! We are experiencing a ‘bomb cyclone’ in this part of Wisconsin. My morning started with a text from Pat letting me know that Mara B was tucked in her stall for the day due to this crazy weather. We’ve simply been listening to the wind howl and watching snow, rain, hail and sleet pound us.

Not having my connection time with Mara actually feels odd since it’s my daily groove and comforting companionship activity. (I’m sort of driven to spend time with her and to ‘care’ for her.) However Pat told me the roads were horrible so I stayed home today. At least I have Jay and Lindy here and a good book to read (fyi: “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane” by: Lisa See) in case you’re stuck inside due to the weather too.

As I’ve said before, weather does play into our horse time experiences.

Thanks to the work crew at the stable, we’re very grateful for each of you, a day like today highlights your huge contribution to caring for our special horses.

Conditioning

Mara B and I thought of today’s ride as a conditioning workout. We love being on the soft ground in the back fields and know that in no time Spring planting will be happening there. Seeing this equipment as we rode out reminds us our days in the fields are limited.

We circled the back field twice in opposite directions, added in some trotting plus went up and down gradual inclines for Mara’s “conditioning” session.

All while appreciating the gorgeous sky above us.

Practice Loop

Mara B and I left Bo in a stall and headed off this afternoon in another new direction for a spring ride.

The footing was quite squishy but the path is one of our favorites. Our first new observation was that the old barn had been knocked down since we last rode past.

We were guessing maybe this bulldozer was used to demolish that barn.

Our practice session then started when Mara B spotted these two guys ahead on the road. Plus two piles of covered wood. Both were “new” landmarks for us and Mara B did not like them and I didn’t like her ‘up’ reaction so I simply dismounted.

We walked up to those two men who told us they were there putting up a turkey blind. One guy said to me “thought you were supposed to ride the horse” yes I explained “I prefer to ride too but she found you scary!” Then I remounted and we rode the rest of the way home.

Every ride is a training/practice ride of sorts and today’s ride reminded me of that fact.

Greet Load Trot

It’s Saturday and Jay and Lindy B joined in on our Mara B time today. Jay had plenty grooming work to do, while Lindy met up with Bo who is now suppose to stay at the stable when riders go out. Darn, Mara B and I are going to miss his companionship, but of course it’s for his safety and we understand.

Mara was able to practice trailer loading too! Thank you Natalie for letting us have access to your horse trailer.

Trotting down to Sam’s was fun and we love having Jay hike along!

We end with a sighting of early spring buds!

Our family – horse – dog time was a treat for us all.