We're supposed to get big severe thunderstorms starting around noon, so I decided to try to get some rides in. Pie was up first, and we went on our first real trail ride since his tying up episode more than two weeks ago. It was very foggy, and cool, and still - just lovely. Pie seemed to really enjoy his outing - we walked for about 30 minutes - he stepped out nicely, was interested in everything, got to greet a small child - one of his favorite things - and was calm and happy.
Then I got Drift out. It was immediately clear that he was nervy and distracted - several of the mares are in raging heat, including Dawn, his special girlfriend. We needed to do a leading practice session in the parking lot first to remind him of his ground manners. Then I saddled up - he was very fidgety in the cross ties. We did more leading work, both in the parking lot and the arena. He was still very up and distracted, but (mostly) paying attention to me by the end of our leading work, although it took a while to get to that point. He was distracted while I was mounting, which made standing still difficult for him. Once I managed to get on, we did some figure work at the walk. After a while, he was able to do what I asked and (mostly) pay attention. That was it for the day - we could have done some trot work, but he wasn't relaxed enough yet at the walk for my taste - at least we ended up much better than we started and I was pleased that we were able to achieve that much.
Dawn's in raging heat so I let her be - I'm getting over some sort of little virus and was pretty tired by that point.
Tomorrow is supposed to be very hot - 90F with a higher heat index - so don't know how much riding will get done - early morning will be the only possibility.