Sunday was another quiet day at the barn. I think it will be much easier when it’s not bone-chillingly cold every time there’s even a slightly breeze. I was picking at the stall again, and my BO came out with the suggestion that we turn Lucky out in the lanes behind the barn. The way the property is laid out, you could turn a horse out of their stall, and as long as the front gate or door to the barn is closed, they can go pretty much wherever they want without getting out. There are two pastures, with a lane between them leading to the training track, of which Takota and Dom have one and Trudy has the other. Lucky of course thought that the grass growing along the base of Trudy’s fence was the best out there, and he was far more interested in nosing across the fence at her. This, of course, was greeted with pinned-back ears and her hindquarters. But she still followed him up and down the fenceline. He even, for the first time that I’ve seen, got in something of a run, or at least a very fast canter, coming back towards the barn, with Trudy right alongside. When it came time to catch him, though, I was able to just walk right up and clip the lead on.
He then reverted to laid back once I put a bridle on him, though we had another “new experience” walking down the front driveway. Lucky did not seem ENTIRELY unconvinced that the pampas grass and the pine tree by the BO’s house weren’t horse-eating monsters when they rattled in the stiff breeze, but he was willing to walk past them anyway. I took him to the outdoor for more handwalking, mostly with the reins over his neck. The arena seems good in most places, but where it’s not is ice under the snow. I can’t see that changing if the weather keeps up what it’s been doing. The clear skies to see the SPECTACULAR wolf moon a few nights ago were great, except when my dogs decided they needed to go out in it at midnight. The clear skies meant no heat trapping from a cloud cover and -5. Then it spikes up to the low thirties during the days. I don’t entirely trust the footing yet, though since getting his shoes off Lucky seems to. Though all in all, he seems perfectly happy not to do any more running than he has to.
And in another note, Tucker will get her stitches out tomorrow, and will be a much happier dog for it.