Friday March 1 2013
It was great to see Cooper tonight, I hadn't seen him since last Saturday. He lost his new halter again that I just put on him on Saturday night, the barn manager said he lost it the next day after I put it on him. I am not buying anymore breakaway halters, it's costing too much and they won't take his halter off because they worry about any of them getting out and not being able to catch them with no halter on. Just in the past week not too far from us, horses had gotten loose and some were killed on the highway, that is just horrible, poor things :(
I put the rope halter on and groomed him while he ground tied. I left him standing there for at least 15 minutes while I stood in the arena door with a few others watching another rider with her saucy redhead mare. I had never seen this mare act as bad as she was, rearing, bucking, not wanting to move forward, scary!
I tacked Cooper up with his saddle thinking I might ride tonight but by the time I was ready there was no one riding and I just decided to do groundwork with the 12' rope.He did very well, a little spooky though, and just wanted to stay close to me so I tried to keep him out of my personal space. We went to the back of the arena and I had him squeeze by the poles in the corner then we did sideways in front of the back arena door. He did a lot of snorting at the snow at the bottom of the door so we stayed there for a bit until he relaxed. We did the falling leaf, C-pattern from one end to the other a few times. After he got comfortable doing this I asked for a little more energy and he had his butt working so good. In one video Al took you can really see him working very well. We worked for about 30 minutes, maybe a little longer, I really enjoyed our session tonight.