Following Footsteps

Mara and I rode in the back field following in the footsteps that Melodee and Rachel had blazed on their horses earlier in the afternoon. With ten inches of fresh snow yesterday, no previous trails were visible! The ride was magical with the reflection of bright sun on the deep glistening fresh snow. Bo joined us which added to the fun.

Their creative patterns and paths were delightful to observe and follow. Jennifer even caught us returning to the barn.

What a treat to ride through the fresh snow and winter wonderland on horseback.

Sled & Glove

Mara B and I had a wonderful solo snow ride together this afternoon. First though I reintroduced her to the snow sled and we had practice time pulling and playing with it.

Then we headed to the side hay field for a new view. I hand walk Mara over there to avoid ice. Then I use a ‘snow drift’ to stand on to mount or in simple terms to get on her!

Bo joined us and we walked on the snowmobile trails.

We also rode in the back hay field where I then dropped my glove! (Taking the photos for the post!)

Just to let you know I had to dismount, and remount directly from the ground (no snow drift was available.) Well, I was proud of myself because even with my snow pants on and chaps over the snow pants plus my big snow boots on I made it up first try! Truly, you simply have to believe me, and know that feat made my day. With no wind, the sun higher in the sky and the rays stronger Mara B and I had a delightful afternoon together.

Snow Trail

Wonderful to be back with Mara B this afternoon! I said hello to her gave her a warm hug, barely groomed her, and quickly saddled up to join Carley and Billy on a ride out.

A Beautiful still afternoon to ride through the gorgeous new snow. The horses were fabulous and I thank Carley for some fun photos to share. A favorite picture I captured on our ride, was Billy’s long beautiful tail dragging in the fresh snow.

Enjoying the peaceful winter beauty on horseback, was a special treat today.

Plus Seven

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.

1/4/19

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.

Meyer Farm Road

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.

Cherry Picker & Superb Jaunt

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.

Wondering

I’m missing Mara B and our connection time together, so I’m wondering if she may be missing me?

I’m wondering about things while I walk the beach and see new sights.

I wondered what this group out on the beach was doing, so I asked and learned that they were having a swim team practice. I also took a different seat (rather than my saddle) and wondered how far across to Mexico?

The beach has been a good location for wondering, to be curious and to marvel at the beauty of the ocean. I’m missing Mara but also trying out the concept of looking with an ‘appreciative eye’ here as I try to do when Mara B and I are out riding and looking for photos to share and to post for you. I do know I love the winter beach, it’s quiet, peaceful, has muted soft colors and offers a special solitude.

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!