Saturday June 1 2013
I didn't get out all week to see Cooper, between stomach issues and being too darn tired after work. We were supposed to go Friday night but my spouse fell asleep and we didn't it out.
Cooper was very happy to see us, squeezing up against the corner of the stall door trying to get to us.
I tacked him up with the bridle and bit and did some ground work for about 30 minutes. We did some half circles to the back of the indoor arena and once there we did the squeeze game by the open door. We stayed in the far end of the arena as another rider was in the front part. Then we did some sideways back and forth at the back of the arena. We did some squeeze by the smaller doors. The one to the other barn was open and a little scary to him so we spend some time there. One time while trotting around he me slipped on his left rear and almost went right down. We did a little giving to the bit, holding the reins until he gave and then releasing. I was taking him back inside then I remembered I wanted to do some stirrup work, so went back into the arena and practiced getting him to move off of the stirrup, going forward, yielding the hindquarters and moving the front end over off of the stirrup. Next time while riding I have to start doing the exercises again where I move his hind over a little while walking, that was one of the lessons we had when we took them at Five Star Ranch.
I was going to untack him and Lizzy offered to ride him, I was too hot and tired to ride again. This silicone sleeve on my prosthesis that helps me to walk and move better really makes me hot.
She did some walk, trot and canter transitions on him. He was having a hard time getting the left lead, just like on the ground when we do it. He was very sweaty when finished so she hosed him down in the wash stall and then Al toweled him off while he was eating his TREATS.