....and he shall be called Copper. I was sitting out there watching him eat and the sun was shining. His coat threw off this coppery glimmer in the sunlight, so I asked Brian what he thought. He liked it, so Copper it is.
Today I also noticed that he has some roaning around his flanks and the top of his withers.
We started working today and I got my soft cotton lunge line looped around his neck. I opted not to have a lead rope put on him so I am improvising until he realizes I am friend, not foe.
I have no idea how long I was out there with him - don't wear a watch and don't care what time it is unless I need to be somewhere.
He was letting me rub him with my stick on his left side, but he was much better on his right, which made me say "Hmmmmmmm...."
The rope slipped and was around his legs. He walked around the pen a couple times with me moving the rope around his legs, and I am happy to say that he did not go any faster than a walk, and he did not seem too worried about it. Don't get me wrong, he is still jumpy about things, but he did not feel the need to escape or fight the rope...
I even lifted the back foot with the rope and he did not strike out.
I did get to touch his right side a few times, but he only stood for a short time before he walked away. No worries...he will work it out.
Notice the rope still around his rear leg.
Brian brings me some 'treat hay' for him, and he gives Copper a hand full. Copper is being exposed to more than one person in the pen, which doesn't bother him as long as food is involved. We will need to try it without food to see how he handles that.
Brian was doing some mowing and Wyoming jumped a little bit, but just as quick started walking towards the fence to check out the loud contraption...he was very curious.
I hopped on Tiger bareback and we mozey'd around the barn lot for a while. He really has a great temperament. We are still working on our 'go' and the 'stop' is better, but still needs work.
A reminder that Batman is still a baby and needs Mom. Sometimes I forget because he is so full of himself and he hangs out with the big boys a lot. His face is shedding and it is the same buttermilk color as his fuzzy foal hair.
Batman and Tiger hanging out.
It has been a very exciting weekend so far...I really can't believe I am doing the EMM again! :-)
That is all for now...it is 2:13 a.m. and I really need to wind down!
Hope everyone is doing well!
Until later...Karen and Tripp