Back Field & Seabatical

I kissed Mara B goodbye and left her to relax, watch the back field and have fun with her girlfriend Spice for a few days.

We all deserve a change of routine and some down time, so I’m riding with Joe this week, while Mara is enjoying her own time “off.”

Here are a few highlights from my walks to share.

Birds and fun, creative decorations!

“Time wasted at the beach is time well spent.”

Sun Teaser

Mara and I thought the sun was going to peak out this afternoon for our ride time! We were delighted because we have had such a long stretch of gray days this month.

Even though the temps were cold, with low winds and my face mask on we did ride out, Mara was great but the sun went back into hiding for our spin around.

Coming back from walking around the back soybean field we captured this ‘creative’ shot in the equipment storage lot. I guess it’s a picture of a real snow blanket.

And the sun did shine on my drive home from the barn!

Following Two Tails

Mara and I rode out this afternoon with both Brutus and Bo in tow. Very fun to follow them and to watch them go in and out of the woods ahead of us.

When I was a young rider my favorite barn dog was named Jumbo and he rode miles with us. Today’s ride reminded me of Jumbo and the fun of trail riding with good dogs along.

Here’s the field side of Mara’s paddock, her horse friends were relaxing this afternoon when we returned home.

The last day of November provided us with a delightful ride.

Warmth & Blue Skies

Mara B and I enjoyed Mariela’s lovely warmth again today! Plus she was our photographer.

Mara and I also got in a great ride in the back field. We had another huge buck run out in front of us, savored the warmer afternoon temps and soaked up the gorgeous blue skies.

Mariela wanted to drive the car rather than ride a horse, so she got practice driving time after our barn visit! Thanks for the entertaining spin around our neighborhood and the fun photos today Mariela.

Practice & Animal Crackers

Mara had some practice loading into Lorrie’s horse trailer this afternoon. It’s nice for her to stay tuned up with this skill. Thank you Lorrie, we appreciate the opportunity.

Jay was our photographer and groom today. We gave Mara free time in the indoor arena plus I saddled her up for a little light riding.

Then we met up with Greg and Suzy Q and Greg had brought Suzy a big bag of animal crackers! I did not know that horses like them.

May we all enjoy a special treat this weekend.

Doors are Closed

The heat is now on in the barn and all the barn doors have been shut. Mara B was definitely ready to come into the barn for our visit today. It was cold, rainy, and windy.

Mara enjoyed her hay while I attempted to clean her up before heading to the indoor arena. We are not big fans of the indoor arena, however she did enjoy free time to race around today.

The next few days look like more questionable outdoor riding weather. So Mara and I are just dreaming of our next ride outside together.

Most days I think ahead to where we may ride and then I love to review the rides in my head when I’m back home.

A Trio

Sharing photos from Saturday, Sunday and today! Jay’s day on Saturday was fun for all three of us. Mara loves his attention and I appreciated his photography skills. Jay captured our fun in the fields ride time.

Sunday was a cold rainy washout for us. I simply brought Mara B in for some food and a respite from the crummy weather. There is not much you can do with a really wet horse.

Today we got our ride in before the sprinkles arrived. We found some fall scenes to share. We also watched a large buck come dashing out of the woods and race across the back fields directly in front of us to the woods on the far side. A powerful sight of freedom.

Mara and I are still seeing the beauty of late autumn.

Current Color Palette

Mara and I found some beautiful color amongst the neutrals of the current landscape on our solo adventure this afternoon.

We circled the cut fields behind the Stable again and had fun trotting through the cut soybean field.

All was very still and quiet and we returned in just as the afternoon sprinkles arrived. A pleasant Friday afternoon ride with Mara B.

Long View

Mara B kindly nudged the barn cats warming up in the sun on our way out the door this morning, it was sweet. Then Tera and Rosie joined us on a ride through the Meyers Farm and up to the power line look out.

We continued around the loop and saw a tractor working in one field and one parked where they have clearly started to plow under the field.

Both Mara and Rosie where great dealing with today’s wind. However Mara was feeling “off” after our ride and received some special attention from Melodee and me before I left the stable for the day. Hopefully she’s back to feeling better already. Sandi on chore crew tonight will give her an extra special eye when she feeds her! Mara and I both appreciate their assistance.