Several of the geldings came in today with dings and dents - Pie had a new cut on the back of his lower right hind leg, I think from a kick - it looked ugly and bled a lot but he was sound and there wasn't any swelling and it doesn't look that the tendon sheath is affected - and he had at least three new bite marks on his hindquarters. I dabbed the cut on his leg with Nolvasan and will keep an eye on it. Fritz came in with two kick marks - one on his throat and one on his upper front leg - and several bite marks. There's clearly some aggressive stuff going on in the gelding herd, but I haven't actually observed it, except for Scout chasing people around the round bale. Old Fred stays out of trouble, which is a good thing, and I hope Pie learns to - he seems pretty submissive in his interactions with the other horses.
I'd hoped to do some trot work with Pie, but decided we would just walk today due to his cut. My husband happened by the barn as we were saddling up, and he was going on a walk, so we decided to walk with him - we did a bit over a mile. This was Pie's first (almost) solo outing on the trails for any distance, so it was nice to have my husband along. Pie looked at things, never spooked and walked along nicely. There were some osage oranges that had fallen to the ground, and he was very interested in these - I let him investigate them. When we were near the barn, he was looking for the other horses, but he didn't call and was very well-behaved. He's shaping up to be an outstanding trail horse - it's hard to believe he's only been at with me for five days and four rides - I feel very fortunate to have him. My husband got this photo of our outing:
I ordered my leather nose sidepull and reins today from Buckeroo Leather, and I must say my experience with them was very positive. I had trouble ordering from their website, so I called them and they took my order. I got a call back from the manager and also a confirming e-mail, with apologies for the trouble and assurances that they would check to see I wasn't double charged.
Dawn and I also got in a quick work session today - more cone patterns - I moved them so things would be a bit different. She was lovely and soft and very responsive, a very good Dawn mare!
It was beautiful today - in the 50sF with some wind - pretty nice for November in this part of the world. We're supposed to be much colder with some wind and possibly rain tomorrow, so I'm glad I rode today. (I also added yesterday's post to the sidebar "Steps on the Journey", which seemed appropriate.) And I ordered a farrier's rasp so I can learn to touch up Pie's feet between trims - he's already getting better about picking them up for me - see Mrs. Mom's recent post which was my inspiration.