I love a good thunderstorm, but I hope it went away for good and you were able to ride.
When I called BO about the bossy mare, his daughter picked the phone and said she would help me with it, and so she did. She threw a bucket of carrots on the ground to keep her distracted. Worked for a little bit, while Tuya came to me (I missed that), and that was that. I think she left half of the carrots to come and chase our mares. But she picks more on Tuya. Eventually we got them out unharmed, but for one person alone is not easy. Not even the kick she got on her chest / neck one of these days (I can tell because she has 2 perfect hooves marked there) made her think twice. Ugh, I hope she is sold soon...
But back to me and Tuya, I didn't ride for thaaaat long - some arena time and a small trail ride around the property with BO's daughter - but I spent a lot of time playing with her on the ground before mounting, as she would follow me around and stop beside me when I stopped. So cute!!
As she was so willing and forward, after I untacked her and give her the carrots, I asked for help to get back on and rode for a couple minutes bareback and bitless. Felt wonders, I missed feeling all those muscles move below me.
Oh, and that smart girl didn't show up. BO's daughter ended up confessing she'd rather ride only with me because I don't spend all the time correcting her (there's nothing to correct, really, she rides ok)
All in all a good day, the only thing I might regret was not riding for more time