We played for a few minutes indoors while waiting for another boarder. Then we walked out to the outdoor arena without any snorts, nice and calm. We walked around the edge of the arena doing squeeze game, falling leaf and circles. We stopped in one corner so the managers little 1 year old some could pet Cooper from over the fence. Cooper stood quietly and looked like he enjoyed it. I was told from his past owner that he grew up with little ones playing around him and laying on him and his half brother all the time.
I had the rope halter and 12' line on and did it up to use as 2 reins and got on for a ride. We walked around the outside of the arena and Cooper was very good. He would look off to the outside and start to raise his head and when I bumped him with the rein he would pay attention and move on. We did some indirect rein and direct rein in towards the rail making a complete turn and continued on in the same direction. Then we did some half turns to go in the opposite direction. We trotted around and I tried to keep a loose rein and did good most of the time. We also went sideways over to the fence so I could get a drink of water. Cooper was so good at it, went with very little touch. There was a nice breeze and hardly any bugs out tonight.rnWe then followed the other boarder out of the arena and back inside and again Cooper was very calm and walked nicely all the way until I dismounted in the indoor arena.