It is very cold, wet and muddy here in north Idaho. It rains, then freezes, then rains again and freezes. The horses are muddy. But they are happy and looking forward to spring once more. I will be restarting Lila under saddle soon, just as soon as the ground is not so treacherous. But I wanted to share two very bad pictures of Chief here. Chief is wet here. He is muddy here. I am leading him back to his stall from the paddock where he spends a few hours daily. We are taking the round about way to get back to his stall because I wanted to make his leading skills stronger. One way to do that is to lead him through some difficult footing and allow him to solve the problem of how to cross that footing. Here I am leading him through a mix of ice, slush and mud. The footing is slick. Yet even so, he led nicely through it and on a loose line all the time. He only asked that I allow him to study his footing. Of course, I respected his desire to think where he was going to put his feet. Actually he is better at crossing ice than I am. I slipped. Chief did not. When I slipped he stayed calm. Chief also stops quietly for the slightest pressure from the lead line. Now if I can just figure out how to attack the pictures of Chief you will be able to see them.