The good news is that, if it is EPM again, which I suspect in Dawn's case, it's now pretty easy to treat. Keeping fingers crossed . . .
Pie and I had a morning ride today - I'm short of time this afternoon and want to get in as many rides as possible to practice before my ride tomorrow with Mark. I don't think I've ever ridden him in the morning in the indoor arena - he went on the trail in the mornings a couple of times last year. Pie came in willingly from the pasture - no stopping and starting - I think all the core-to-core work we're doing is building a real connection between us and everything seems to be easier. He was grazing near Red, and I held my hand up to Red and told him to "stay", and not follow us up to the barn - and, for the first time ever, he stayed put and didn't shadow us. He did call to Pie a couple of times, but Pie didn't reply.
It was busy at the barn - the guys were cleaning water buckets and also taking the big tractor up and down the aisles to dump shavings on tarps to be dragged into the stalls - all of this was visible to us as the arena doors to the aisles were open. Pie was looking at everything, and a little bit nervous about it all, but settled to work very well. His trot work was outstanding - his forward, engagement, softness, straightness and bending couldn't have been better. The core-to-core riding I'm doing now has made a dramatic difference in his way of going, and being, and the way we are together. Just plain delightful!