Sunday/Harvest

Jay and I had a fun visit with Mara B this afternoon. First on the agenda was to let her dash about in the outdoor arena!

Jay then provided her with his special comfort and grooming routine.

We liked playing with Fergi and Liz’s new indoor arena toy, and we observed the harvest work in the nearby fields.

A delightful fall Sunday for us enjoying Mara B and the barn.

Wildwood Stables

Fun to learn about horseback riding in Acadia National Park today.

When we visited Wildwood Stables this morning, Jay and I enjoyed meeting and talking with these trail riders from Massachusetts.

Mr. Rockefeller appreciated horses too! It was special to see this stable and trail system in person.

G w/ B

Maura G is overseeing Mara B at the moment. I’m on a creative hiatus; seeing new sites and trying a different routine. We all need that!

Nice for Mara B to try some “new & different” with Maura too. Following are a few photos from my recent travels to share with you.

Always a treat to change it up a ‘bit.’

On to Autumn

Today the last official day of summer gave us many varieties of weather! It was coolish, gray, windy, sometimes sunny and this variable weather certainly energized Mara B. This morning we started in the outdoor arena and she thundered around, Mara really wanted to move.

Mara relaxed from her “run around” time, I groomed her and saddled her up, and the weather had improved, the sun started to shine. So off we rode and Brutus made my day by trotting right along with us and joined in on our ride!

Winds were up and temps cool but our ride time was great! So now we’ll march into fall.

We hope you enjoy the autumn equinox and Harvest Moon. Thank you for riding along with us.

So Blue & So Green

Mara B and I enjoyed a ride with Tera and Rosie this morning. It was warm and sunny and I noticed how very blue the sky was and how much green is still around. There are certainly signs of fall, however today’s route kept us surrounded by lush growing green alfalfa and grasses.

The brown we’re observing are burrs, and no one wants to touch those.

Subtle September changes are noticeable.

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!

Sweating

Mara B and I both warmed up today! Summer temperatures are back. So on our afternoon ride we looked for shade and embraced a light breeze.

Our observation was this piece of equipment in the pasture of the neighborhood stable. Out of place, and not sure just what the project is.

When we returned to the Barn, Mara was sweaty under her bridle. She had a complete rinse off and then it was time for her to be reshod. We tried to accomplish this with no sedation this time, but she wasn’t having it.

Sweating in September, but we’ll take it!

Enjoy the Rodeo

Matthew and I enjoyed an afternoon of Collegiate Rodeo today! The weather was excellent, the crowd fun and the rodeo action exciting.

We also visited Mara B for grooming, snacking and some ride time for Matthew.

Matthew filmed his ride with his GoPro camera. This was a fabulous horse day for both of us.

Apple Treats & More Practice

Some kind person at the Barn left a paper bag of free apples for the horses to eat. Mara who is on such a strict diet is getting to have one a day and loving them. Mara even knows the sound of the wrestling bag when I put my hand in there to find the perfect apple for her!

Tera and Rosie felt like more trail riding practice so they joined us on a ride around the Meyer loop again this afternoon. Rosie was noticeably more relaxed on this second ride.

A low key and successful practice ride for everyone.

September Sun

Mara B and I had a later afternoon ride today and the angle of the sun was beautiful.

The conditions were what I like, very calm, quiet and still.

It was one lovely view after another this afternoon!

And new Barn pup Bo greeted us when we returned to the Barn.

Happy Labor Day Weekend to all our wonderful Mara Moments followers, thank you for riding along with us, we appreciate your support. 💛☀️🐎 Helen