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.
I gave Mara a treat before I left for the Southwest.
She’s relaxing at her comfortable stable while Jay and I observed horses in the wild today at Tonto National Forest.
We were able to get quite close to some of the horses.
Mara has a very different life from these horses. I’m so glad Mara and I can depend on each other for our special bond, in contrast to these horses who have limited human contact.
It was a very cold morning visit with Mara B today. The temperature was seven when I arrived and the horses were still eating breakfast.
Ice chunks were scattered around the paddock water troughs, signs of the morning chore crew clearing the ice cover.
Mara and I spent our time together in the indoor arena to be in the morning light that was shining through. The closed up barn feels dark and cold these winter days.
I groomed and moved and fed Mara B and we stayed very comfortable.
Actually the horses thick coats do feel warm when they are in the sunshine. We both decided we will enjoy the warm days ahead.
Mara and I rode the back fields with Leah and Holly this afternoon and Mara B enjoyed just hanging back and following.
We zigzagged around through some slush, ice, mud and even ‘open water’ for footing.
We appreciated the mild weather for another good January ride.
The afternoon was so mild that I groomed Mara outside. Then we rode out with Leah and Holly for a good trek around the dairy loop.
First stop was to say hello to Julie’s horses.
We had Bo along so we didn’t spot any critters, just enjoyed the quiet winter fields.
Returning home we met up with Rachel out on a training ride.
We all agreed it felt like a spring ride not an early January ride. And that it was very pleasant to be out with our horses! Thanks Mara B.
Mara B and I enjoyed mild temps and sunshine this afternoon, however ice and poor footing kept us from having a good outside ride.
We needed more snow and less ice, so we cut the ride short and only had ‘half a ride’ which was less than satisfying. It was fun though for us to enjoy pals, the pups and fresh air.
Warmer temps are predicted, so we will be back out again tomorrow and hopefully conditions improve. Mara and I are both ready for a great ride “out.”
Hopefully Mara B is looking for me, I’m looking forward to seeing her again soon. Maura G has been taking great care of her while I’m away and has told us that Mara has been superb.
I had some time with Hoot, a Great Gray Owl and a star in the Harry Potter movies. He played Errol in all the movies. A special experience for me.
Following are a few more happenings from our time “away” out west to share with you.
Wishing you peace and calm today.
Wanting to head a different direction and looking for a ‘soft’ surface to travel, Mara and I rode through the Meyer Farm this afternoon. The day was gray, still and quiet and we observed stark silhouettes in all directions.
The cows were friendly but the road really soupy, so we returned home and continued around a field with Bo joining us. It’s fun to have Bo darting in and out and racing around, Mara handles all the action very well.
For the middle of December Mara B and I had another very good winter ride.
Mara felt great today, there was some wind but mild temps so off we went on a power walk to Sam’s. Mara really enjoyed stretching her legs.
Retuning to the barn then we rode the back field, our go to spot lately where we’ve been watching the composting pumpkins disappear more and more each day.
Mara had a farrier appointment with Brian to wrap up our afternoon, we had a nice human/horse day together.
It was lovely to reconnect with Mara B this afternoon! We had an adventurous arena experience right away. A cherry picker truck was in there and Dan was installing new LED lightbulbs. I’m thrilled because it was distracting when the lights were on because of the loud buzzing sound they made. The horses had a fun time watching the action.
And what a superb Saturday for a jaunt with Jennifer and Bella. We had excellent winter riding conditions and enjoyed the winter beauty.
An excellent horse/pals/barn day.