The ride up to the clinic went well. Drift loaded (moderately) well and Dawn jumped right on, so off we went. I wrapped Dawn's legs due to her propensity to injure herself. It was about an hour and 40 minutes drive mostly on crowded interstates, with some construction slow downs. I'd forgotten but the last segment of interstate is very rough - almost like a washboard - and we'll be taking a different route home. One amusing thing - I noticed in the rear view mirror that Dawn had poked her nose through the screen on her window (now why do I keep replacing these screens?) up to the cheekbones and the mouth was flapping - she was engaged in her favorite travel sport of eating bugs.
When we got there, they were very excited by all the other horses, who started calling to them as we drove in. Dawn and Drift are bedded down in adjacent stalls - they're the only horses in their area of the barn, and they are now wedded at the hip. Any time I take one out to graze or go in the round pen for a bit of turnout, they scream back and forth, and when Dawn is left by herself in the stall, she tries to kick the place down. I expect Dawn to come into heat any moment. Drift actually settled down a bit more than she did - she was pretty spooky and reactive. I kept alternately hand grazing each of them and turning them out for a moment in the round pen - Drift did some trotting around and Dawn made her displeasure known by bucking and squealing. I haven't (yet) been mowed down by crazed horses - Drift actually remembered his leading after a bit and Dawn, although crazed, was able to restrain herself from running into me.
We'll see how they are tomorrow - over the course of the three days they'll both settle down some, I expect, and it doesn't really matter how they are as we'll have good stuff to work on regardless. I doubt that Drift has ever been much of anywhere, and Dawn hasn't been anywhere for at least 5 years - although she's made two trips to Colorado and is a seasoned traveler.
More tomorrow . . . (and here's a nice post by Jill, Scout's owner - she made it up to the first clinic - I'm riding in the second one - for part of yesterday - with some great photos - enjoy!).