We had temperatures in the upper 60's today and it was beautiful! The wind was whipping, but I can't complain too much with temperatures like that!
AJ and the girls have been sorted and placed in their appropriate pastures. AJ has been moved up to the gelding pasture with 4 other geldings and seems to be doing great. When I drove by this afternoon, he was standing with the alpha, so I took that as a good sign. Lilly and Baby are in a pasture with two other mares and they all seem to get along pretty well. I'm not sure, but I think Lilly might either be alpha or number two. I watched for quite a while and didn't see too much interaction between them, but it's either Lilly or the stocky bay QH... that mare is built like a brick turd house, and she's sweet as pie. Her owner has been dealing with a lameness thing too and I noticed her mare's leg was swollen again. Poor girl.
Lilly was much better today about her concerns for Baby. She whinnied a few times but then stood in the cross ties resting her hind leg. I mentioned the wind, and it was blowing so hard that the barn was rattling and making all kinds of noises. She was a little on edge because of that, but surprisingly did much better today.
I noticed while riding her today that some of the issues I had been able to work through earlier in her training have returned, but I'm hoping I can work them out of her pretty quickly. She is determined to walk around the arena with her inside shoulder sticking out. I have to constantly take up the inside rein and bend her back around my leg. That contact in turn makes her nervous and she starts chomping on the bit. We did a lot of circles today because that's the only way I can get her to relax, quit chomping, and stretch down. Once we're back on the rail, though, it starts all over again. She's also back to trucking around the arena at warp speed, so we circle again, over and over.
I tend to think she'll get better once she's more relaxed, used to the environment, and back into real work. Her mind just seems to be elsewhere and I'm unable to keep her attention on me.
I'm just thrilled to back in the saddle! :)