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Someone had left a fan out today so Mara B and I turned it on. It’s hot and muggy, we both pretended that it helped cool us and kept the flies off, but truthfully it was only marginal. I cover her in bug spray these days, before we ride off and when I return her to her paddock.

Regardless of the conditions we did saddle up and plodded to Sams. Our path took us past corn, cows and soybean fields. Plus I noticed that Queen Anne’s Lace is beginning to appear along the side of the roads.

One tractor was out turning hay that had been laying in the field. Other wise all was calm, sticky and buggy!

Mara B was a lovely companion and she enjoyed her hay when we returned to the barn. This is real summer horse time.

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Off we rode with Kim and Rio this morning when not too far down the trail we spotted two turkeys. No big deal, both horses saw them, they crossed in front of us from the field. However a fence on our left was preventing them from running into the woods. We waited for them to ‘get away’ we tip toed forward and waited, they seemed to be following us! We actually laughed about how long they delayed us, how many times they dashed back and forth in front of us and how much room we tried to give them to get to ‘safety.’ Finally we simply rode off and left them behind.

The rest of our outing was ‘uneventful ‘ simply calm and relaxed. Which I like.

We walked the quiet road just past our neighborhood stable and it was very peaceful.

We heard a pheasant but had no more turkey sightings on our return trip home.

Rio and Mara B got to stretch their legs and we all absorbed the beauty of nature.

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It’s been a while since Mara and I have been able to go on a ride with Kim and Rio, so we really enjoyed our dairy loop ride with them today. While we were tacking up the horses Kim and I both enjoyed seeing a favorite barn cat resting comfortably.

Hay fields have recently been cut which makes riding the edge of the fields more pleasant. Here are pictures for you from today’s ride.

My observations today were the chokecherries and grapevines we passed.

A warm day with some bugs, light breezes and good horses!

A wonderful summer ride, thanks Kim and Rio.

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Jay braved the heat and humidity on Sunday to hike along with Mara B and me. Enjoy the pictures he took of yesterday’s hike/ride to the Meyer Farm.

Mara always likes to see Jay.

Jay grooms Mara, I saddle her up, and off we go.

Jay needed water and a respite before we went through the farm yard to check on the corn crop.

We stopped to appreciated the gardens in the Meyers yard.

Then it’s back over the hill to return to the barn. Mara was ready for her cool rinse off and some hay and Jay needed H2O. Thank you so much Jay!

For our Monday ride today, the first thing we noticed were wagons of hay being stored in the indoor arena. Pat was starting to haul them down to Sam’s so we decided to ride the quiet neighborhood lane to avoid the hay wagon going past us.

Today we observed soybeans, gardens and flowers along our route and embraced another day of very warm temperatures.

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Mara B and I had a slow stroll together this afternoon, mostly looking for shade. With temperatures rising we both appreciated taking things slow and easy. It was good to move but neither of us had much energy, we were in sync.

Our neighborhood pal did not come to the fence to greet us today! We kinda missed him.

The afternoon was warm, calm and quiet.

We did walk across a lot of clover.

Appreciated the shade returning to the barn.

Here’s the current status of the soybean field we passed.

Our main observation today were all the swishing tails of the pasture horses standing around.

A hot July afternoon at the horse stable!

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Mara B and I had such a special ride today! We were invited to “go off property” and trailer to some fabulous equine trails with Melodee and Spice. We got to venture out, ride new territory and meet some other horse gals out riding too! The park is simply beautiful to ride through.

We only saw one hiker and I asked him to take our photo.

Spice and Mara B were both fabulous mounts.

We enjoyed chatting with these other riders.

We came upon a few water obstacles, but they were no big deal.

Mara B and I enjoyed a special ride on a glorious summer morning, thank you Melodee and Spice!

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With temperatures down, I decided Mara B could be ready to move and I was right. So we started in the round pen this afternoon for her to burn some energy. It’s still fun for me to watch her move.

I like to put Mara in different locations around the barn for grooming and tacking up, today we stood next to the goats! They are very cute and curious. Mist was falling off and on so we had extra special grooming time and embraced the indoor arena for trot time.

Always wanting to get in some outdoor time, we did stroll around when the mist was very light and checked out the nearby oat fields.

Returning to the barn we observed a bit of the system of shredding corn stalks that are then used for stall bedding.

I love the sustainability practices of River Brink stable.

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For half of our ride time this afternoon Mara B and I made serpentine patterns up and down and across the gentle incline/slopes on the side yard at the stable. We circled in and out and around the trees, trotted up and down the boundary line, it was a skills/lesson ride and a refreshing change of pace for us. It felt good, was fun, and great exercise for Ms Mara.

We also went down the road to clear our heads and for Mara to stretch her legs.

We could not ride past this patch of beautiful clover (or is it alfalfa? not really sure) on the way home, it was our special treat.

Hopefully Mara enjoyed our outing as much as I did, I know she loved getting to nibble on the clover.

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Deep green, growing corn fields and a gazelle (for some reason my first thought) flying through one of those corn fields (well maybe it was a deer) dominated today’s ride. Mara B and I rode off on what we imagined would be just an ordinary ride and felt enveloped in green green scenery all along our route.

And then a deer (or maybe a gazelle) bounded up in the middle of the corn field on our right. We simply saw a head then the hind end, popping up over and over. We stopped to observe it, Mara was alert and intensely watching, but we both relaxed down when I said, “oh it’s a deer hidden in the corn.” That deer then turned left and literally flew across the road in front of us! It was a very fast thrill, actually. Sorry no photos, I did try, they simply did not work out.

This simple touch of white stood out to me among all the greenery on the road home.

Mara B was great and was quite warm when we returned to the barn. Her cool rinse off and a snack were well deserved after such an adventurous outing.

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Mara B and I had a fun ride/hike with Jay yesterday. We love having his photos to share with you. We examined crops, met up with trail friends and explored a little off trail hideout that Mara and I often visit. Hope you enjoy yesterday’s Saturday stroll.

We cover the same territory but always find new views and experiences! Here’s María and Brownie out for an afternoon ride too.

Wishing you a pleasant summer ‘walk around’ too, and thanks for strolling with us.

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