Hello Athena

Pam trailered Athena to River Brink to ride a loop with us this morning. It was an ideal relaxed summer trail ride.

We rode past Daisies and Baby on the way home. ( Baby would not come out of the shelter however.)

Then it was loading into the trailer practice for Bella, Kol and Mara B. (thanks Pam.) Mara loaded in and out twice, just beautifully and it was fun to see her do something a little out of our ordinary routine. Mara was calm and quiet about it all.

photos were too tough to take during the actual “practice” as I can only do one thing at a time, and I was focused on the loading process and having a calm horse back out of the trailer.

Tree on the Trail

Mara and I had a late afternoon ride out with Kim and Rio and our discovery was this tree down across the trail. No big deal for our mounts and on we continued to the entrance of the neighboring stable.

We all enjoyed these fresh juniper bushes that we passed, they smelled and looked so lovely.

A good first day of summer ride, and thank you for riding along with us!

Boots, Shoes & a Chair

Mara B was reshod this morning and once again needed a little sedation. Brian her farrier is great and all went smoothly.

I sat in the chair next to her while she ‘woke up’ which took about two hours and cleaned my riding boots.

While Brutus cleaned up the hoof trimmings.

A day of no riding but lots of Barn time and bonding time with Mara B.

Becky Baby Bambi

Special Mara Moments supporter Becky (my sister in law) stopped by with Jane ( my older sister & also special!) to visit Mara B this morning. Becky first met Mara when we picked her up and brought her home close to four years ago. It was wonderful to have them both stop by again today.

Then off we rode on an excellent outing with Kim/Rio and Jennifer/Bella. First stop was to see Barbie and Baby, which is always a treat.

We found Bambi later on the trail and I was able to get this photo because she would not move, guessing there was a fawn there too.

A lovely June trail ride.

Vet Visit

Before Mara’s vet visit this morning, Jennifer and Bella rode out with us to enjoy the morning.

One of the pasture horses seen in the photo above, walked the fence line with us on our way back, keeping Mara rather curious. We also met up with Alanna and Allegro.

Doc Ed was a bigger part of our morning though. It’s been determined that Mara has a low thyroid, so she’s been on medication for that and we are trying to figure out what level of medication she needs for it. Today was a second blood test to find that out. We also addressed her hives and the allergic reaction she had on the trail last Friday. She is now being treated for that too. Plus Ed did a chiropractic elevation on her to see what areas she needs tweaked. We sure want her to be as healthy and happy as possible! She’s so good about it all, I feel she ‘knows’ we are helping her.

Gate Practice

Mara and I had a little change up in routine today. First she practiced being tied in the indoor and waiting patiently for me, which she did very well. Then she had free running around time in the outdoor arena and enjoyed kicking up her heels.

Our ride kept us close to home, but it was pleasant to see the fields waving in the breeze as we walked past. Next we had outdoor arena riding, with lots of trotting and practice with opening and closing the gate. I wanted her to side pass next to the gate so I could move it, but Mara B wanted to do it herself her way! And she was great at opening the gate in both directions.

I guess we get to do things our own way, when it works just fine either way!

Magical & Miserable

Mara B and I had an exceptional trail ride today. Off we headed with Char and SeaB and Jackie and Honey to cross the river and ride an enchanting and magical river trail.

On the way to the river we caught Julie out with Barbie and still unnamed Baby, we all chatted and commented on how much he’s growing.

We then continued along the edge of the field and rode ‘down’ to cross the river and find our loop.

I love this area, it’s heavily wooded, a narrow trail and magical. We delighted to see the ferns and wildflowers along the way. We do have to dismount to clean poop off the trail, (thank you Jackie) I had to dismount and get Mara to jump over a log that she refused three times. This is real trail riding.

And then Mara and I found the miserable when we got into a stretch of tall weeds that she clearly reacted to. Mara became hypersensitive and overreacted and just tried to get out of there. An ugly kind of ride, so I got off her and walked, tripped and swore for 10 minuets or so leading her to finally get “out of it.” The poor thing, she rode home great after we crossed the river to head back to the barn. I have already spoken to her Vet, this will need to be treated and managed for her. I am a highly sensitive person (look up HSP) and I know that Mara B is also highly sensitive, I understand her. My riding partners Jackie and Char were fabulous and supportive friends throughout, thank you.

Peonies & Racoon

Mara B and I had a beautiful walk along the back trail this afternoon. The leaves are so huge, the hay field has not yet been cut and we checked the height of the corn.

We thought the peonies were a highlight of the ride, however on the way back we had our first ever Raccoon sighting. The raccoon came out of the cornfield, ran up the trail in front of us before crossing into the woods! (sorry it was so fast there are no photos you need to use your imagination.)

Returning to the Barn, Mara nibbled on some hay and I relaxed on “the bench” with JAC (aka Socks.)

Some sweet summer.

Out with Devine

Lorrie and Devine rode down past Sam’s with Char, SeaB, Mara and me this afternoon. We all loved smelling the fresh cut alfalfa we rode past, and we even watched Sam out in the field turning it to dry it.

Char and I then took our horses up to the top of the cow pasture where we saw a few deer, very tall grass and huge thistle. Mara and I agreed today’s outing and the aromatherapy was ‘divine.’

All so very fresh and green.

Surprise on the Trail

When I arrived to visit Mara B today the paddock pals were sharing the shade.

And another true sign of summer is that school’s out. So we got to chat with Wendy and Peanut (plus mom Molly.) Always a treat!

After chatting, Jennifer and Bella and Mara and I headed off to ride the dairy loop, Mara gave some hesitation and a little attitude twice when “crossing the dike sections.” Bella had to save her and take the lead…..then up we come through the bushes and find our surprise!

Julie and Lulu and pups where out on a hike! So Mara was alert to them being out there I guess. (Julie owns Barbie and the darling new foal, she said he is still unnamed.)

A fun summer surprise for all of us.