Scout's leg was still swollen, particularly in the area around the knee. But he was happy to go out and walked pretty well. Noble seems recovered from whatever it was - he had eaten all his hay last night and was happy to have more, wanted his breakfast and had appropriate amounts and texture of poop in his stall. He did give me a little scare, though - he choked for a moment on his hay - lots of coughing and gagging, but he fixed the problem himself and was fine afterwards. I've had one episode of choke (Dawn a couple of years ago when one of our rotating Saturday p.m. feeders gave her insufficiently soaked beet pulp) and it's an experience I don't want to repeat.
The weather change had all the horses excited. Everyone was extremely well-behaved on the way to turnout - fortunately we're in dry lot right now and the distance wasn't far - this is one of those days I was glad not to have to lead a bunch of excited horses all the way to the far pastures. Once the horses were loose, they made their feelings about the weather known. As usual, I didn't have my camera with me - there were some amazing stunts and aerial action. The mares were snorting and cavorting - Sugar was dashing around and giving little kicks and bucks, Maisie was doing her "levitation" move - rounded back and all four feet off the ground at once, and Dawn was doing her usual athletic feats - lots of trotting, galloping and bucking. At one point, she was doing her pawing routine - with snatches of grass in between - and then she did a huge rear, and as soon as her front feet touched the ground, a buck.
Dawn has an amazing trot when she's free - her neck is perfectly arched, she drives from behind with enormous power and elevation and is engaging her core perfectly. She would make an excellent dressage horse if she could learn to control that power and maintain the softness with a rider.
The geldings did a lot of galloping - even the older horses. Noble was racing from one end of the pasture to the other, doing flying changes - even though he's 29 and has some arthritis, he's basically completely sound - and he's still pretty fast although not the lightening bolt he used to be. Joe and Fred were feeling good enough to do some cantering too. Scout was flagging his tail and even doing some trotting and cantering, although he's still somewhat off in the left front. I turned our oldest horse, Blackjack, out last so he wouldn't be caught up in the action - he's too old to get out of the way easily - but even he did a little running walk as he left the gate.
I don't know how much work Maisie, Dawn and I will get done this afternoon with the wind and an arena that's a swamp. It sure is feeling like fall!