I think the cut on Dawn's tongue is healing up well - she had her last dose of antibiotics and Banamine tonight. She's eating well and seems pretty comfortable. The vet said it could take up to two weeks to heal. I've started her on some probiotics to replace some of the intestinal flora that may have been killed off by the antibiotics. She's been off her Mare Magic since Monday (it's got bits of raspberry leaves and stems in it and I was concerned that the bits would irritate her tongue wound), and perhaps it's just coincidence, but she's in heat tonight - and not just a normal heat - in raging heat. In Dawn's case this involves plastering her hindquarters to any solid or semi-solid object - fence, side of the aisle, etc. and lots of peeing, kicking the wall and squealing, with the whites of her eyes showing. She hasn't had a heat like this since she went on Mare Magic. So, she's back on it as of tonight. I'm not working with her while she's like this, and I'll need to be careful in her stall and when picking her feet, since she's may be too distracted to pay attention to where I am.
Pie and I had a very nice trail ride today with Charisma and her owner. The weather today was really beautiful for December - about 35F with only a little bit of wind, sunny and with a couple of inches of snow still on the ground and no ice underneath - just about perfect winter riding weather. I rode Pie in the sidepull - he goes very well in it and I may just keep riding him on the trail in it. We were out for over an hour, and Pie was very well behaved. We did quite a bit of trotting to catch up with Charisma's long stride at the walk. He's careful about his footing, which I like, watching for holes, culverts, drop-offs and icy patches under the snow. As we were heading back to the barn, Charisma was wanting to speed up too much and fretful because she couldn't - lots of bit-chomping and even a few half-hearted small leaps forward, so we put Charima behind Pie to help slow her down. Pie even took it upon himself to "herd" her - as he was walking he would turn diagonally across the trail and block her path when she was trying to pass him. If she switched sides of the trail, he would switch sides as well to stay in front of her - I didn't have to direct him to do any of this - Charisma's owner found this very helpful and Charisma calmed down a bit and stopped champing on the bit. From time to time he would turn his head and look at her, as if to keep an eye on what she was up to. I'd love to have him do some proper cow work - I think he would be very good at it, partly due to his experience and partly because of his intelligence and willingness to step up and do a job that needs doing. Good Pie!
The weather's going to start deteriorating tomorrow - we're supposed to have cold driving rain (temperatures just above freezing) tomorrow afternoon, with rapidly falling temperatures, sleet and then snow. Then it gets even better - an arctic blast, with wind chills of 20 below zero F expected by Monday morning. I think the horses may have to come in early tomorrow - we have no shelters in the pastures - and may be inside for most of Monday and Tuesday. At least we got today!