Tokotna was sprinkled in snow from the overnight falling of snowflakes, Christmas was coming, and the tokotas were eager to let their excitement out before they burst. Aideen made the decision to take out four tokotas to the forest nearby to see what they would stumble across. She brushed the large fur blanket of Strawberry's red-brown back as she prepared to tack her up, mostly for the reason she wanted to contain the sour tokota. Waiting for her was Aideen's tawny Silere who was concentrating on something in the snow below her paws, she was so quiet the handler tended to forget about her at times; they were also accompanied by Sylvia and Frea on their exploration trip. The sky was crystal clear without a cloud looming, despite earlier in the day things weren't as bright; this indicated to the girl it was the perfect time to take out the tokotas to search within the foliage in the forest. After quickly checking the gear on Strawberry and only gaining a couple of low growls, the handler sat in the saddle and was ready to set off with the other three trailing behind her. Silere was at the back of the pack which was to be predicted while Frea was beside Sylvia keeping their strides in sync. Once they were off the handler's property they picked up the pace in the direction of the large collection of trees that was able to be seen in the distance; the tall pine trees were dusted in the white powder that fell during nightfall. Things were calm and chill for the moment which was a good sign for the brunette girl as she has experienced many chaotic trips and adventures, so she was glad to see the four tokotas tolerating each other as well as cooperating, with the exception of the odd toss of the head in disapproval from Strawberry. A flock of birds swooped overhead as they came from the opposite way, Sylvia paused for a second to watch them before resuming back to the orderly program; the tokota was a curious being as she had the tendency to stop and stare to further examine something that takes her interest. The alpha tokota just calmly walked on paying attention to her surroundings in case anything jumped out, Frea was wondering if she would try to befriend the tawny who was lagging behind but it seemed to quite pleased by herself at the back of the group.
A quiet trek to the forest was a nice peaceful change for Aideen, but she had to touch wood to hope that it would remain constant for the rest of their outing. Strawberry was getting bored of the dull day despite the fact that this territory was brand new to the half mane, now that she was at their destination the tokota was wanting to do her own thing but was stuck with the handler on her back. The ridden tokota knew that it was planned by Aideen to be the one with what felt like to Strawberry a heavy set of tack; all that she could hope for is that the other three tokotas are not to bother her. Silere was well aware that since the red-brown tokota was not the friendliest she steered clear of her, as they were at the forest with the evergreen trees almost suffocating the group in they all spread out but had to keep a check on each other especially the ever curious Sylvia who was already staring up in the branches where the grey tokota could hear birds sing. The snow had removed the usual tracks to follow within the thick foliage leaving the group to make their own paths. Frea was on the lookout for any creatures who inhabit their area of exploration to make new friends for herself as she wasn't too sure about her opinion on the current group of tokotas she was with as they all liked to do their own thing. The tokotas all sniffed around as they explored the area around them, Sylvia was too busy following after what she thought was a creature's scent until she nearly went head first into a tree trunk. Silere looked over to a couple of tree stumps to examine the rings the circled the inside of where a tree once stood tall, the pattern mesmerised the tawny tokota as she appreciated the small details in objects. Silently she made her way back up to Aideen to make sure she wouldn't lose track of the handler who was their leader on this exploration. Frea had managed to find a rabbit who was scavenging in the woods; she lowered her nose down to sniff it without trying to intimidate it too much as her size was massive when compared to the small creature. Aideen pulled up Strawberry as she noticed the new friend that piebald had made, this earned a kick out from the half mane with her back paw in protest, to which the girl just rolled her eyes at. Any peculiar objects that they would have found in an instant were buried underneath the snow meaning the group had to use their noses and paws to feel anything odd as they could find the strangest things in the strangest places.
After almost losing Sylvia as she got distracted and Strawberry had thought that Frea got a little to close to her, Aideen decided to round them all back up before heading back home calling it a day. There wasn't too much action occurring, but it was better off that way; the brunette handler called Frea then the grey tokota as she pulled up her mount once again who was more than prepared to leave the series of trees. Just as the group was about to leave was when Aideen remembered that Silere was here as well, the quietness of the tokota made the handler forget that she was even with them. Weaving through the trees one by one they followed the pawprints that they made prior, they understood despite the forest being rather small to others it was still as easy to get lost within it especially during bad weather, Aideen made sure she kept an eye on the remaining tokotas as they trotted their way outwards, she had to constantly remind herself that Silere was still here also as the tokota's footsteps as well were awfully quiet. Frea was a little sad and reluctant to go as she had to leave behind her new rabbit friend that she made while out on the day trip, she hung her head a little bit lower than usual as they made the way home. Sylvia was looking like she was in a whole new place yet they were in this exact spot a couple hours ago, her eyes wandered everything that could be seen, there was some temptation to go walk off in her own direction but didn't want to get left behind by the rest of the group. Silere was yet again at the back of the pack letting herself fall into deep thoughts as she just made sure that she followed the exact path of the tokota in front of her, almost as if she was on autopilot. The half mane was roaring to go with her pace increasing slightly as they went on, Aideen had to try to hold her back a fraction allowing the others to keep up but Strawberry would protest further tanking along ignoring the instructions of her rider. With the speed set for the group by the one most eager to be back in her pen taking a nap the trek from the forest was much hastier than it was to get there; the handler was just glad that she didn't have any dramatics on the exploration.