I stopped in to see Cooper first before heading out for my riding lesson. The cross ties were too high and short for him so I ground tied him to groom him a little. He was very good when I was there and as soon as I left the room and left him with my husband he started to walk away. My husband is too soft with Cooper and our dog LOL
The barn manager says that Cooper has such good ground manners, I was happy to hear that. One woman that was there says she thinks she sees Morgan in him. That is the second person who has said that. I will never really know for sure what is in him unless I get one of those dna tests done, if they can be done. I just know that the old owner said he was 1/2 Quarter Horse (which could be wrong). I gave him some beet pulp, carrots and apples and left for the lesson.
I rode one of Five Star's lesson horses tonight, a handsome bay gelding named Porky. That name does not suit him at all, he is a very good boy. When I got in the saddle and started to move it was just like riding Cooper. From his back he even looked like Cooper. I always liked this horse and wanted to try him and now I get to use him for my last few lessons this month. I was thinking about trying a lope but it took me almost the whole lesson to really get comfortable on him. He was testing me and stopping then not wanting to move at the beginning. He was tired, he had just had an hour and half lesson before me.
We were working on the extended posting trot on the short side and slowing down to a jog on the long side. First we were to try slowing with our seat, which I was always forgetting to do. I was having a hard time posting, mostly because of my leg I think, I am not that strong. I was trying to post right away when coming to the corner of the short side and then the coach told me to get in a few fast strides first then start posting and it was a little easier. I will be trying this with Cooper the next few times I see him.
We also had to keep collected and rounded and release the rein when the horse got soft. My coach was always at me to slow my seat, lower my hands, slow my hands, shoulders back, legs down. That's good, I need to hear that as I forget and start doing all that stuff.