For those who are interested in the endless horse search, yes, horses #10, 11 and 12 are still in the running; I just haven't made calls about them yet. Horse #13 (the liver chestnut mare) is off the list, at least until the spring. She's a nice mare, and I like her look, but she sounds like she doesn't have a lot of training and the videos would confirm that - she was trained by her owner and has done trails but I'm sure there are lots of holes. She, like Drifter, might be worth a look in the spring if she's still available and if I'm feeling the itch for a project horse.
Dawn's right front lameness seems to be improving - this morning she walked out of the stall 95% sound - someone who didn't know her as I do wouldn't have even noticed the very slight offness. But her belly's still swollen and tender, although there was plenty of poop and she's eating and drinking well with a normal demeanor. She's also standing with her hind legs just so slightly under her body (not quite her normal stance), which can be a sign of anything from sore front feet (I don't think that's what it is) to a sore belly - but her belly isn't "sucked up" with the muscle line showing and she's not wrinkling her muzzle (a pain sign in Dawn). So who knows what's up? There's a possible clue - yesterday Sugar came in from turnout with a bloody mouth from a small cut on the inside of her lip - could be that she and Dawn got into it yesterday - it's been known to happen as Dawn objects strongly to any uppity behavior from any of her mares - and perhaps some hooves made contact. But then again, it could be anything - I'll be keeping a close eye on Dawn and I think I'll keep my vet appointment Friday even if her lameness continues to improve.