Dawn noticed the geese - Dawn notices everything. There was blowing and snorting, and at one point it looked like she was thinking of running over me - not an option as I made clear. Fortunately I had a pocketful of treats, so I clicked and gave her a treat at various points for standing calmly. She decided the geese weren't so bad after all, and we made it safely to the pasture. As I was walking back in, the geese went into a honking, neck-snaking display and flew off - I'm glad no horse had to witness that, especially Fred and Fritz who were next in line.
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Maisie and I got in a good ride this afternoon. We went on a short trail ride at the walk as a warm-up. She was pretty relaxed - warm temperatures and a belly full of grass help a lot. Then we went to the arena - she balked for a moment at the gate (she had already tried to head to the mounting block, thinking she was done), but then went in. We did some vigorous trot work - lots of 20-meter circles and serpentines at sitting trot and some stretches of straight-line work at rising trot asking for a bit of lengthening. She was extremely forward but controlled and responsive. Now that she's sound and able to use her hind end properly, she's got a very powerful trot and a lot of impulsion for me to work with.
A good ending to a day that started out a bit strangely!