It was a good thing the horses were in pastures close to the barn, since the wind and chill made everyone frisky. The mares went out first and were actually quietly grazing at the far end of their pasture when something spooked them and they came galloping up towards the gate, with bucks and cavorts thrown in for good measure. I waved them off as they approached the gate and they veered off, with much slipping and sliding - at one point Dawn almost fell down. Off they went again in the other direction at high speed. Our mare herd is relatively young - all the mares are between 10 and 20, so they're a fast, agile bunch. I always worry a bit when I see them running like that, particularly when the footing is poor - I lost a horse to a fracture in a turnout accident a number of years ago. But they all seem to have survived without harm.
Then the geldings went out. I turn out the friskiest geldings first so they can have their fun before the old guys get out there - a couple of our old geldings, particularly Joe and Noble, who are in their late 20s, will try to give the young ones a run for their money and really shouldn't. Fritz, Fred and Scout went out first. They noticed the mares were nearby (at their electric fence line staring at the geldings) and started running too. Fred wanted to join in, but his hind end is pretty weak and he really couldn't do too much. Their pasture is square, so Fritz and Scout started doing laps at high speed - those two, once they start, just keep running until they run out of gas, which takes a while. Fritz particularly just goes crazy, and can't seem to figure out how to calm down. Much running at high speed, with associated slips and near falls, but everybody was walking sound when it was over - I expect they'll be some sore horses tomorrow, and I wouldn't be surprised if some shoes are missing. I was bringing Joe out when Fritz and Scout went crazy, and Joe was ready to bolt, so I put him in a small paddock until the runners were done. Then Joe, Noble and old Blackjack went out and everybody was quiet.
We're supposed to have a couple more days at least of this cool weather, with lows in the 40s at night, so I expect there'll be more frisking to come!