(For more sunrise photos from this morning, see this post on my separate nature blog, In Our Own Backyard.)
It's clear that I'm going to have to get myself to the barn earlier in order to do some work with the horses - by the time I got there yesterday afternoon it was already dark, so no work got done. Due to how windy it is today, it's a perfect opportunity, if we don't get rain, to do some stress-testing on what Dawn's already learned well. I'm hoping to do some crazy-walking in the arena, and some standing around there and ground-tied in the parking lot for grooming. This will also involve bringing her in to work while the other horses are still out. She's very solid with those exercises, and I'd like to see how she'll do with them under more challenging conditions.
I also had a pleasant surprise with Dawn this morning - our standing around work translated directly to how she acts when cross-tied. The horses got their rain sheets this morning for the first time in a long while, and before I turned Dawn out, I cross-tied her in the barn aisle to give her a quick grooming, and put her sheet on. I noticed something interesting - normally when Dawn's cross-tied, especially when she's eager to go out, she fidgets on the cross-ties - walking forward, swinging her hindquarters from side to side, nibbling on the cross-ties. This morning - nothing - although she was clearly focussed on getting to turnout - ears up and eyes on the door - she stood completely still and exhibited none of her normal fidgets. I suspect the work we've done on ground tying and standing around has just translated to cross ties! It's fun when things work out that way!
Have a great day, and may it include horses!