It's supposed to be another scorcher today with a heat index near 100F. But it was pretty nice this morning - almost 80F with a good breeze. The horses had been outside all night, so I brought my three in to eat their breakfasts and then rode Dawn and Drift. (Pie's feet seem to feel fine now, but tomorrow's supposed to be much cooler and we're supposed to get some rain tonight which will soften up the hard trails, so that'll be a good day to restart our work program.)
Dawn was pretty relaxed, and we had a nice work session - lots of trotting, much of it on a loose rein for her to stretch down, and including lots of shortening and lengthening of stride and some leg yield. She's really working well, and I'm planning a lot more lateral work - leg yield working towards half pass, shoulder in, haunches and in and renvers/haunches out - she's ready for this work.
Drift was up next. I was very pleased with his work session - the trot-a-lope has pretty much disappeared as his trot has improved, and there were only two very brief attempts to balk/spin, which I instantly dealt with and which were over with in a few seconds. We did lots and lots of transitions - I was checking to see if the balking would come back - it tends to show up after we walk or stand for a while and then ask for trot. We did walk/trot/walk, we did halt/trot, we did stand around for a while then trot, we did back to immediate trot, we walked for a while on a loose rein and then trotted - and the balking didn't come back even once - it may be gone for good since he's probably figured out it doesn't get him anything. He was very responsive to my aids for forward. There was some bracing in the downwards transitions but that got better since I waited for him to soften in each case. By the end of our session, his trot was "bright" - forward, relaxed and rhythmical, and he was carrying himself with softness.
There was still a nice breeze when I was done, so the horses went back out for a bit - they'll be coming in early to be under their fans before the morning is over.