Since I have been putting a fly mask on Cookie during the day, it seems to keep her calm. I know that's probably just me thinking it, but I do notice a change in her while she's wearing it. Even if I'm imagining it, at least it's keeping the flies and mosquitoes from getting in her eyes. lol
It's not very often that I step out in the paddock at dusk. When I do, it's a random check to see if she's alright after hearing the stray dogs go running and barking through the neighbor's yard. She normally is aware but not bothered by them unless they get too close to the fence.
This evening after dinner I gave her a couple of carrots, and she tossed her head at me, which is her way of saying, "Let's Play"! I took her up on her offer and away we went. I would run and hide behind a tree, and she would come running towards me. I would jump out from one side, and she would jump up, do this spin buck and run off to the other side of the paddock. Then I would take off running, and she would go behind the tree and wait for me to come find her. We always have a blast when it's play time. When it's time to get a drink, play time is over.
Cookie is so funny to watch and play with. She tries to be all big and bad, but it just looks so funny and of course when she really gets going and breaks wind, I can't help but to bust out in laughter. Sometimes she squeals, sometimes she raises her tail up high like a youngster. Sometimes she tries to run while shaking her head, and other times she'll do a table top (jump and turn while in the air with all 4 feet off the ground) and buck in a half-circle. Sometimes she'll turn and burn and sometimes she extends her trot to just float across the ground.
It's great exercise for both of us and it breaks up the routine of lunging. You do have to be careful should you try to play with your horse in the paddock. They are faster than you, and can mow you over if you're not paying attention. They also have the innate ability to place 2 hind hooves precisely about your head or upper body in the blink of an eye.
On a side note: Cookie is feeling much better today. She had been off her breakfast for 2 days, but today was eating her leftovers when I went out to give her breakfast. I lowered the amount of alfalfa cubes to 1 lb, omitted the DE and gave her milled flax seed, her multi vitamins and Pro Bios. Her stools are not as loose and are of normal size, amount and consistency.