While I'm watching this thread to hear how With Grace's day went (!!!), I'll update you all on my day. Today I took Dallas, my 7 year old gelding that I've raised from a foal, to the trainer's. He's had 90 days already when he was 3, but he still needs wet saddle blankets. It's a long story, but he had ulcers during the first 90 days of training, and then was injured when he came home, so basically he's had a long rehab. I've been riding him, but I finally faced up to the fact that I really want him to be trained, not to train him. So, off he goes. I was really quiet on the way home and DH thought I was going to cry. Honestly, I was a little close to tears, since this horse is just so precious to me, and I am hoping he has a better experience this time.
When I got home, we still had a couple of hours of daylight left, so I messed around with the new pony, letting him out into the pasture and seeing if he'd let me catch him. He ran one length of the pasture and then stopped and let me walk up to him. Progress, progress! Then I saddled my TWH mare, Windy, and took her for a spin through the pastures, pushing the sheep into the corral and out of the corral, slowly. We worked on Windy's 'cowboy stop' and rollbacks and side passes and turns on the forehand and hindquarters, while working the sheep. All the time we did this, my border collie Bree was in the pasture with us, helping us. I was really having fun with the 2 of them; first time we have done that! Bree isn't really 'trained' to herd, and she's more of the driving style rather than the gathering style of herding. But, she responds to hand signals and was doing really well on "lie down" and "wait" and "easy". That was fun. DH was in the house taking a nap so he doesn't know that the sheep got some mild exercise.
Finally, I decided to use Windy to round up the pony and put him back in the corral. He decided he wanted to get close and personal with Windy (not a good idea), so we used that energy to get him into the corral. It worked out so that he was inside the corral and we were on the outside, and - practicing again with Windy - we side passed up to the gate to push it shut. Windy likes to push gates with her head, so I let her just push the gate shut until it latched! Pony ended up where I wanted him, no chasing, perfect behavior by all equines.
Came inside and made a quick dinner, baked a frozen pie for Easter dinner dessert, and am watching the Ten Commandments.
Happy Easter weekend, everyone!