It's cold, cold, cold - wind chills around 30F - with rain on and off, and the wind was howling all day. Yuck, yuck, yuck, what more can I say. The horses were able to be out all day - we were spared the worst of the rain that went south of us. But more rain and storms tonight, so more water.
Drifter and I had a good work session in his stall this evening. He was just fine for hoof-picking. Then we worked, using clicker, on him keeping his feet up for longer period. We easily reached 10 seconds with the front feet and 7 seconds with the backs. We'll add some time every day - we've got at least 5 weeks until the farrier is back, and as we go we'll add a "farrier hold", and a rasp and some banging and pulling.
We also did a bit of leading by the feet - he was confused by this at first but figured it out pretty quickly. He was loose in the stall, and I looped a lead rope around one front pastern and applied a bit of pressure. He looked concerned, and we stood there for a while, doing nothing together. He happened to take a step, I think by chance rather than in response to the pressure, but he had done what I wanted so I clicked and treated. He caught on - I was able to get him to lift the foot with pressure after a few minutes. Then I repeated the exercise with the other front foot. We'll do more with this, and also with the backs feet.
We've got time, and can take things as slowly as we need to.
Tomorrow's supposed to be better - almost 60F but with a lot of wind. I may try to get Pie out for a ride in the morning and then see what Drifter and I can get up to in the afternoon (sorry, Dawn - the arena's too swampy for you).