It was beautiful today, 40sF with little wind. I've been having a spot of back trouble - a long standing problem - but today I felt better so Pie and I got in a bit of a ride. The snow is still melting, so there's a mixture of snow, ice and soupy stuff depending on where you look, so finding places to ride is a challenge. Pie and I took a ride down the road towards the organic farm - there were lots of new things to look at, and listen to - someone was unloading a truck (invisibly) which involved lots of sliding plastic noises - and many farm objects he's never seen before, but he just walked along, stopping from time to time to look and sniff - good Pie! We don't usually ride back there, and Pie left a manure pile right in front of the organic farmers' house in their driveway, so I briefly popped him in his stall while I went over and collected the manure.
Then I put his sidepull back on, mounted up again and we briefly walked into the arena - one end was icy and the other was soupy - he sank up to his fetlocks - so we beat a hasty retreat. Then we waded through some snow and went up on the hill behind the barn - the grass was exposed but it was very wet and slippery so we just walked and did a refresher on our softening work. Then for a change of pace, we rode into the dry lot where Fritz and Fred were eating at the round bale (Scout's still in a paddock because of the cut near his eye) and rode around in there for a bit, doing some circles and figures. Fritz and Fred didn't care but I think Pie was a bit disappointed not to join them in their eating. As we left the dry lot, Pie allowed me to swing open the gate while mounted and let him through - his lateral work is pretty good.
Then we walked down the paved road for a bit, greeting a few passers-by. Good Pie!
I'm still working on setting up the vet check arrangements for Drifter - more complicated than I'd like but the seller is very cooperative and we'll get it worked out.