Monday July 1 2013
I was just going to pick his feet and groom him but when I was finished I decided to take him out on the regular lunge line and flat halter. Al put the treats in his bucket before I was done grooming and Cooper was trying to back into his stall. We did some circles, walk, trot, canter transitions while another boarder lunged also. He did great tonight, listening to my voice cues and keeping a loose line on the lunge, even at a canter this time. The other boarder commented on how well he was on the end of the line and said she wishes her horse would not pull so much. He's still having trouble picking up the correct lead at a canter going to the left but gets it every time going to the right. One of the DVD's I have says to make him go faster and he will change leads but it wasn't working so I brought him back to a trot and asked for the canter again, several times before getting it. He did lots of blowing and licking and chewing tonight, very relaxed with a lower head and not paying too much attention to the other person lunging. He did want to look out the door every time we went so when he did that I just squeezed and released until he brought his attention back to me. I cooled him off by walking around the arena on a shorter line with him bending around me. Then his favorite part, treats in his bucket at the end of the night.