We had an excellent night together at the barn. I put the natural rope hackamore on and we did some ground work in the indoor arena before I got on and rode him for about 20 minutes inside. He hasn't forgot anything, responded so well, an excellent whoa and back up with the rope hackamore.
I then put the bridle and bit on him and we went outdoors to practice lesson 3 patterns. I could not for the life of me remember how the pattern was!! But we did some great circles in every corner, even in the spooky corner. I was trying to not pull back on him when he yanked his head down and he softened nicely. Trying to steady my hands, that will take lots of practice. I was also trying to bring my legs back farther, but forgot a lot of times.
I put some elastics on my feet and around the stirrups, but then I forgot again to try any leg cues with them on. Before I got off I pulled my legs backward and forward and the feet stayed in the stirrups with the elastics on, so next time I will try to remember to use them.
We had one scary moment when I asked my husband to go inside and get me a drink of water. I told him I would be ok, we were just going to walk around. While walking along a playing cat leapt out from the long grass and spooked Cooper. He jumped sideways and I did a face plant in his neck. He stood still while I rearranged myslef back int he saddle.
I was going to go again today, but sore and have a headache so hope to head out and practice some more tomorrow, Monday, it's a holiday for us here in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.