Today it was windier than I would have liked and chilly in the morning - the wind chills were in the 30sF and just managed to get up to 40F by later in the afternoon. But there was sun on and off, and it's April and that's what we have so all three horses got some work.
At morning feeding time, Drifter and I did a little more in and out of the stall leading practice, including going out into the parking lot and back into the barn. He only stopped moving forwards for a moment a couple of times - there was no pulling back, and we easily moved forwards again after a moment of circling. Later in the morning, Drifter got to go out to the pasture strip that's between the mares' and geldings' pastures - it's bounded on one side by an electric fence and on the other by a board fence. Neither the mare herd nor the gelding herd were out grazing - we've been off the pastures for about a week due to the wet and were just getting started again with an hour or so of afternoon grazing today. The advantage of this grazing strip is that no other horse ever sets foot in it, so the fact that Drifter's still in quarantine and still needs a fecal retest in about 10 days didn't matter. He led down there, and back, really well, despite the distance - it's a 100 yards or so - and the crowd of interested geldings at the fence line of the dry lot. Today he grazed for about 20 minutes - tomorrow we'll go for 45. No more hand-grazing for now - it creates bad habits.
Then Pie and I had a lovely, long, walking trail ride with Scout - they'd both seen the chiropractor and that was what we were supposed to do today - no hard work, just walking and stretching out and down. Pie's walk was much better - more loose and forward - and he seemed pretty happy to be out. Jill and I got pretty cold by the time we got back to the barn - the wind was fierce. Good Pie!
Later, I took Dawn out for a little work - we did more figure work at the walk and also attempted walking over some poles - she struggles a bit with this and I got off and hand-walked her over. She's doing very well in the sidepull, and I'll keep her in that until the dentist can take a good look at her tongue. It was a bit cold for Dawn - the wind chill was only 40F, and she's not got much coat or body fat, but she was very cooperative in the work. Good Dawn!
Drifter and I had a good work session in the afternoon. He coped well with the other horses being out in the pasture, and Charisma leaving on a trail ride - he called once but that was it. His leading and mounting work were excellent, as was his feet picking while ground tied. We continued our work on halting on a soft cue and also speed regulation - my objective is never to pull on him - no braces that he can brace against. He did very well, and started to stretch his neck down and out. We did lots of figure work involving cones and walked over the ground poles. A couple of times he wanted to stop working but I said to continue and he did. After we were done and untacked, I walked around with him at liberty - he follows just at my shoulder - and walked over the various ground poles with him - he just happily followed along with me. When I took him into the barn and into his stall, he thought for just an instant about stopping but decided not to. Good Drifter! Tomorrow we'll work with our p.m. barn lady on his leading so she knows what to do if he gets stuck or starts to pull back - I don't think he'll do that anymore with me, but he may test her a bit.
It was a good, if chilly and windy, day with horses.