I asked him to paw his right leg and then his left. Casper offered to paw higher that ever before. I was so happy with him.
The next step was to review the ''paw leg once, step forward, paw other leg once, repeat'' concept. I put him on the rail and asked him for his best and highest paw. I then positioned myself in front of him and asked Casper to Spanish walk forward. He pretty much got it from the start! I was so proud of him! I made a big fuss over him and gave him a break and then asked him to do the bending practice.
I then left him in the arena to get his breakfast. When I returned Casper became unusually pushy because he wanted his grain. I set down the grain and asked him to yoyo back. He did but not without protest so I brought him in halfway and asked him again. This time he was dragging his feet, making a point of not putting any effort in, so I bumped him with the rope. Casper turned around and tried to kick. I yank him back around using the power position and started to bump him with the rope repeatedly until he gave me two eyes and was backing up with effort. I then made my energy neutral, smiled, asked him to back up which he did very nicely. I pointed at his bucket giving him permission to eat. When he ate half of the grain I asked him to lift his head with my energy and then gave the rope the tiniest little wiggle. Casper respectfully lifted his head and asked a question. I smiled and pointed at his bucket again. When he was done we went back to work on the Spanish walk. Casper decided to try being sassy again and started to toss his head. I decided to ask him to move his feet on a circle to regain my leadership. I decided to let Casper loose because the indoor arena is small enough to act like a round pen and he would not get the pulling on the rope idea into his head. I asked him to trot to the left and when he decided to be disrespectful I tagged him. Every circle I did a change of direction at the trot until the were nice and smooth.