The weather today wasn't very nice for May - the high was only in the mid 40sF and the wind was blowing - the wind chills never got out of the 30sF. I rode Pie anyway, but I can't say that either of us really enjoyed it. We did more softening work in the arena, mostly at the trot. He's pretty much there consistently now - we're able to do nice changes of direction as well. We did some work on shortening and lengthening stride at the trot, and also started work on staying soft through our walk/trot/walk transitions. By the end of our ride, I was pretty cold.
And then it started to drizzle - it wasn't raining much but I'm sorry, I'm just not riding in the drizzle and wind when the wind chill's in the 30s - just plain nasty in my book. Dawn's in raging heat - lots of squealing, peeing and stall kicking and she's got that crazed look in her eyes, although she's good about leading. I deferred picking her hind feet - discretion is the better part of valor.
I had hoped to work with Drift, but the weather just wasn't cooperating. I picked his feet in the stall - he wasn't as calm as he might be. All went well, although he made a gesture to grab away his right hind and kick at me - this is the problem foot (there may be a physical issue which I'll have our chiropractor/vet check out) - I whacked him pretty hard in the haunch. His reaction was to show quite a bit of fear - he scooted toward the stall door with his butt lowered. The reaction seemed like a lot more than I would have expected - I think somewhere in his past he's been whacked on in the stall - his difficultly relaxing and being calm may be related to that. I felt bad for scaring him, although kicking - even just gestures at kicking - are never OK. I reassured him that I wasn't going to beat on him, and that things were OK, and we did more work successfully with the foot, including my holding it up for a while and pulling it to the side and jiggling it, all of which were clicked and treated - at one point I said no when he started to pull the foot away, and he stopped. And we went out in the parking lot for a bit for some standing around work.
We all have days like this. I expect I'll forgive myself for scaring him, and I think it's likely that he'll forgive me quicker than I forgive myself - horses are usually good about that, which is a very good thing for all of us.