Sunday May 5 2013
I hadn't played or worked with Cooper for a few weeks as I had not been feeling well. We got to the barn around 6 p.m. and the barn manager and her husband were doing feed and we had to wait until 7:30 when they brought the horses in. They said it was too dangerous for us to go out and get him as there were 3 new geldings out in the paddock and they didn't know yet how they would behave.
Once we got him in I took him right out into the outdoor arena without grooming and then picked his feet outdoors. We played on 22' rope doing circles and figure 8's around 4 cones. We did change of directions, transitions at a walk, trot and canter. He was getting a little pinny eared at times, I think I was applying too much pressure as he was being very sensitive tonight. He tried to run and back away from me one time and ended up standing in front of a jump standard. I did not let it get me upset and continued on with what we were doing. I brought him in closer in the circle and then he wanted to stick close to me and not move out.
Then we went for a walk doing travelling circles all around the outdoor arena. He kept trying to stop and get bites of grass so I would swing the carrot stick and string quite vigorously a few times, smacking the ground behind him. One time he got a little rambunctious and squealed and kicked his heels at me then tried to pull out of my hands but I was prepared and took the power position. We played outdoors for about 45 minutes, it was a nice evening. I was tired and weak from the workout but felt very good emotionally from spending time with Cooper.