Pie and I had a lovely trail ride today with Jill and Scout - it was in the 40sF with some wind and pretty nice all and all. We did a lot of trotting, some with Pie in the lead and some with Scout in the lead - Pie is pretty glad to follow if allowed and takes some urging to take the lead.
The weather was starting to take a turn towards misty and drizzly at noon, and the wind was really starting to pick up, so I went by the barn to put on Pie's and Dawn's rain sheets. I got Dawn first, and as I was leading her to the gate, the other mares came galloping up and set Dawn off. She wanted to bolt and run, but I strongly asked her to stay with me and she did. Despite the fact that she wanted to bolt, and did at least one enormous rear on the lead, she stayed out of my space although I did have to be pretty firm with her. I took her in the barn to get her sheet on - she was very good for that and leading out - when I let her go she explosively galloped off with high bucks, and then did some more spectacular rearing once she got to the shared fenceline with the geldings. I've never managed to get one of her rears on camera but they're certainly impressive.
I also learned that Pie doesn't pull back when tied - I had him tied to the fence in the geldings' pasture while I was putting on his sheet - one of the barn cats (Night, the black cat) was stalking and pouncing in the grass and spooked Pie - he went to the end of the lead but didn't pull back when he reached it - good Pie. He trotted off when I let him go - all the horses were excited by the change in the weather.
We're supposed to have rain tonight and tomorrow morning, then snow showers tomorrow afternoon and much colder temperatures for Wednesday. Glad Pie and I got that ride in!