Mom and Bill came down to help us with the horses again on an absolutely beautiful day. I had to work (as usual), but Jay was off, so they started with Copper.
Since Copper *hates* being left in the pen when we take Skeeter out, we thought we'd see how he did if we took him out and left her in the pen. He was a rock star. Skeeter couldn't have cared less that he was out and about, and Copper was happy to play along with Jay. They went for a walk and slalomed between the fence posts, but Copper drew the line at crossing the ditch.
It was good, focused time for Jay and Copper. By the time I got home, they were back in the pen. Copper got to wear the bareback pad and try to load into the trailer, which he still hates. Not even bribery worked. He was being such a good boy, that we thought it was time to get some weight on his back again. It's been a few months since Jay and Bill have played Dead Indian with him.
Copper does not like people standing above him. Does not. We tried getting him to line up next to our "mounting block", which is just a turned upside-down feed tub and he was having none of it, so we back off a bit. Instead of taking him to the mounting block, we turned a bucket upside-down and took it to him. Jay and Mom spend a good deal of time just placing the bucket next to him, stepping up, leaning over, and getting down just to repeat the whole process on the other side.
It was good for Copper to understand that just because he doesn't like the black feed tub (which is a lie, he plays with it all the time) doesn't mean he's going to get out of work.