The weather was not entertaining - raw and chilly - mid-40s - with a wind from the East and gloomy, dark skies. Maisie and I did a reprise of our work yesterday - we took a nice short walking trail ride as a warm-up, and then did some more trot work in the ring. If anything, she was better than yesterday - incredibly forward and round and instantly responsive to the slightest aid. We did more lateral work and lengthening and shortening of stride at the trot. It's lovely to get two consistent days of good work in a row.
Dawn was consistent, too - consistently distracted! As I was going out to get her from the dry lot, I could hear her squealing at the geldings in the next dry lot - there's electric between but they can just touch noses at the bottom if they try. I believe she's coming into heat, since she's more interested in the boys and doing her stamp/squeal/talk swish or kick out displays. She's not fully in heat yet, but that'll certainly be along shortly. We groomed ground-tied, and she was well-behaved although clearly distracted. I've already spoken to our chiropractor about scheduling a visit due to the odd head-shaking behavior I mentioned in the last post, and as I was grooming I checked out her back for other signs of soreness. There's an area on the left side of her spine just behind the withers that was clearly quite sore - I barely had to touch it for her to tell me it hurt. I think my saddle fits her OK, but I'll have our chiropractor check it when she comes. I'm also going to have the chiropractor look at Noble - he's having increasing difficulty picking up his left front foot for me to pick it and there may be something going on in his shoulder or back.
After grooming, I took her to the arena in her fuzzy halter and lead, and also took along her long lines and bridle in case we got to ground-driving and/or some bridled work in hand. I abandoned all plans to ride due to her back soreness. We started with our crazy walk exercise - it took a few minutes for her to start paying attention, but then we had a pretty good session of that. Then she became very distracted - there were some children playing loudly - lots of strange noises - across the pond behind the barn. She was fixated on this and it was all I could do to get her to pay attention to me. So we did another attention exercise - clicker with a cone. She even had trouble paying attention well enough to do this, but we finally got some good work done, however limited it was. Some days will be like that!