The sun as it rose was barely visible:
I did what I had planned when I turned out Dawn - I took a pocketful of treats, and we stopped from time to time to feed her one. She was very attentive, even backing up nicely when I barely raised a hand to ask her. But it was an excitable mare day - Sugar had run from the gate and Dawn was clearly intending to as well. I fed her several treats before releasing her but she was off like a shot and didn't wait for more. Then the mares decided to go for a run:
Here's Dawn in the lead (red bay with fly mask) with Sugar (dark bay) behind her and Maisie (fly mask and four white legs) and Misty (buckskin) trailing:
Dawn is extremely fast - she was a racehorse - but Maisie likes to go too - here Maisie and Dawn are racing, leaving Sugar behind (she's putting on the gas to try and keep up - notice the tail!), and Misty's out of the frame - she's the oldest mare and has some arthritis and can't quite keep up:
Another lap of the pasture:
Rounding the corner - Dawn (on the far left) is very handy - and it looks as though Maisie's finishing up a little cavort:
A pause on high alert to look around - except for Sugar on the far right, who's taking her energy straight up!
Dawn thought she'd herd Maisie to keep her in line:
Everything settled down for a bit, and I went in the pasture to lure Dawn over with some treats. Misty looks interested, too:
As I was turning the geldings out, the mares were down by the far fenceline near the pond grazing, when something startled them - I think sounds carry differently in the fog and they may have been more nervous than usual because of the reduced visibility. Dawn and Maisie started out last:
But were catching up:
It was time to settle down, and Dawn was scratching an itch - I like this picture of Maisie a lot:
Maisie got them going again briefly:
And then it was time to get down to the business of the day - grazing!