I made an attempt to pull some Pie mane hairs for the U. Minnesota test for PSSM, but I was sorry to discover that my (aging) eyesight just isn't good enough to see if there are hair root bulbs on there with Pie's very fine hair - I'm hoping our p.m. barn lady has better eyes than I do and can help me this afternoon. As long as I can see well enough to ride (and read) I don't know that I care too much.
The wind is still howling today - gusts to 30mph and temperatures in the mid 40sF, and we've got a freeze warning for tonight with continued wind. Dawn and I managed a good ride despite the wind, the chilly temperatures and hordes of screaming, running children heading by - in the past she wouldn't have been able to cope with this level of distraction, but her concentration was basically uninterrupted. My face and ears felt like they were frozen off by the end.
I elected to do some leading work with Drift in the parking lot - he was very worried by the wind and various other horses screaming and calling, and I wasn't enjoying the wind much myself. It took some minutes, but by the end of our session his leading was very good. If the wind drops towards sunset for a bit, we might get in a ride, if not, there's always tomorrow. Horses are a bit like the weather - there's little point in getting worried or upset by their various illnesses and moods - like the weather, it's better to just let it be what it is and work with it (or so I try to tell myself!).