I groomed Dawn before we started - we did this outside so as not be be distracted by other horses. She took up the "stretch" position she often takes when she's in heat. Foot-picking, even the rears, went well. We started our clicker training at the beginning - I had Dawn loose in a small paddock - and we first worked to make sure she associated the click with a treat. Unlike Lily, who was afraid of the noise of the clicker, Dawn didn't have a problem with it. In a few minutes we moved on to having her touch a target with her nose - I used an orange traffic cone that she's familiar with. She got this instantly. Then I moved the cone around to her sides - that came quickly too, although she was more cautious when the cone was on her left. Then I put the cone down low - she did that too. If the cone got too close, including near her chest - I wanted to see if she would arch her neck and reach down for it - she was nervous. We stopped there and she went inside for her dinner. Next time I do clicker with her, I'll introduce some new objects for her to target.
Then I groomed and rode Maisie. I had set a pattern of four cones, and we used that to work on our walk and trot speed regulation with my seat, while asking for softness with my hands. We also did some transitions off my seat, which worked very well. Her backing and turns on the forehand and haunches were excellent. I was also able to ask for some lengthening of the trot while rising, although I stayed sitting when I was asking for transitions down or slowing of gait. We did some leg-yields from the center and quarter lines and some spirals in and out. Then we tried a little canter work, off a nice relaxed soft trot circle. She gave me an instant transition, but then on the first step with her left hind her stifle either locked or gave way, and she ended up on the wrong lead behind - which certainly felt awful to me - very lurchy -and I expect to her too. I brought her right back to the trot - she was worried at that point which I don't blame her for. No harm was done that I can tell so far - she walked and trotted sound afterwards. Her left stifle has been a bit sticky lately - when she turns in the stall she often drags the left hind under her body rather than lifting the leg, although she's fine when moving ahead. The footing in the ring was somewhat deep after rain and dragging, so it just may have been too hard for her to manage at the canter. She's had lots of hind end soundness issues, and I want to be careful. Next time we ride, I'm going to put her Sports Medicine boots on behind to give her some suspensory support, and if we canter we'll do it on the straight to start.