When I went to bring Maisie in, she was lying down taking a nap, not by the round bales but out in the middle of the turnout. She was very adorable, with her long legs all folded up and her sweet, sleepy face - I was able to walk right up and pet her (sorry no photos). I was (only momentarily) tempted to get up on her before she got up, but thought better of it. If I'd been 30 (or 40) years younger, I'm sure I would have. She stayed there for a bit and then got up. She seemed a little bit bloated - she's had impaction colics several times and I always am a bit concerned if she's lying down at odd times (for her). She seemed a bit sleepy while I groomed, but otherwise behaved normally, including taking some treats - horses that are colicing don't usually eat treats in my experience. We saddled up, and went straight out on the trail - I didn't want her getting sweaty from a ring workout if her insides were at all questionable.
We took a long loop we haven't been on before this year. It took us much farther from the barn than we've been, and isn't a trail that we go on a lot. One part of the trail took us along some backyards, which had interesting trail challenges like a wooden swing blowing in the wind and a fairly nasty barking dog (luckily confined by an electronic fence). Although at times she was nervous and a little looky, she was really good - no jigging or jogging and completely responsive to all requests to slow, stop or back. A number of trails we ride go very close to houses, which means the horses are exposed to all sorts of things - one house has a large pair of metal sculptures (two cows), there are lots of different pieces of play equipment (including the plastic pool that one day blew into the middle of the trail - now that was a fun ride!), running children, barking dogs and even occasionally one of those large inflatable "bounce houses" people rent for children's parties. We get to experience a lot of things, which is good for trail training.
When we returned to the barn, we went in the arena (freshly dragged) for a few minutes. She was certainly plenty awake and forward by then! We did some trot work and figures for a little bit, and then took a brief walk away from the barn and back, and she was done. Maisie started eating hay as soon as I put her in her stall, and ate her dinner, all of which is good. She didn't pass any manure while I was riding, which is unusual for her, but did pass one pile in her stall - it was a little dark and hard in my opinion. When I left she was completely comfortable, but I'll be keeping a close eye on her over the next several days.
Then I brought Dawn in and groomed her ground-tied in the parking lot. She remembered her ground-tying perfectly. Our chiropractor is coming tomorrow for both Maisie and Dawn - a spring tune-up of sorts - and I want her to look at Dawn's right side along the rib cage where she seems a bit sensitive, and I also want to check saddle fit for Dawn.