Today when I entered the paddock Kai put his head down to eat grass and pretended not to see me. Then he slowly began moving away. As I approached, Kai did not turn around and come over like he usually does but instead turned away from me so that I could see his bum. I gave him a chance to nicely turn around and catch me but he did not want to. I put on my sneaky face and started to sneak closer to his HQ. Then I got close enough to tag him but too far to get kicked. I paused momentarily and then tagged him hard with the end of my lead rope. Kai was just asking for a good game of catch the human. He flew to the left and galloped through the other horses who were peacefully eating hay, causing a huge commotion. All the horses except Ori and Roxy were galloping around the paddock with Kai in the lead. Soon some of the horses realized that all my energy was directed at Kai and that they did not need to run. I put some more pressure on Kai and waited for him to give me his eyes. Kai quickly walked over to me. I rubbed his back with the halter and scrubbed some dirt off of his HQ with my fingers before reaching to put the halter on. As I lifted my hands Kai took off, just fast enough so that I missed tagging him again by a few inches. He got the other horses running and I thought to myself: oh it's game on Kai! I directed more energy at him and he galloped faster. Then he got bored of this game and trotted over, this time staying as I haltered him. This really made me wonder how he will catch me next session.
When we entered the indoor arena we got right to work on jumping halfway over an obstacle at liberty to engage his mind right away and keep things interesting.
I needed to cue him to stop with my body not too early and not too late. Every time Kai did exactly what I told him to do. I eventually got my timing right and Kai understood what I wanted. He was connected and responsive and willing.
Then we went outside to play the circling game. We worked on transitions and changes of direction and draw. I then worked on asking Kai to maintain gait after doing a flying change. At first Kai was resistant but then he did what I asked and we quit on that.