Maisie said: "Sometimes I find my two-legs front-eyes no-fur hard to work with. I want her to pay attention, and to respond when I'm soft by being soft herself, but sometimes it doesn't work - it can be frustrating to work with her. I want her to give with her hands, softly, when I soften with my face and neck. It's hard when she doesn't pay attention - I try to get her attention, but sometimes it wanders off."
Sugar said: "Do you think because they have such large foreheads that they think too much - I expect it's hard for them just to feel what is happening instead of thinking about it, and to pay attention when we're working with them."
The mares agreed and decided to continue napping for a while before resuming grazing.
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Maisie was better, and is now a bit worse. Last night when I brought her in from grazing, she was a little better - not lame but just somewhat unsound. And then she was the same this morning. Tonight, not so good - lame again. I expect it was the bute, or lack thereof - she had bute last night but not this morning, so was worse tonight. Our farrier is coming tomorrow, so I gave her some bute (1 gram) this evening and will give her another dose tomorrow morning. I hope it helps, because as it is, she's not very willing to lift the right front because that involves putting weight on the left front, and I'm also not sure she's going to be very happy having the left front fussed with. We'll have to see what tomorrow brings.