After losing Mr. Discreet last August I questioned if I would try the Makeover again. But as I looked back at Cooper’s circumstances, and his close tie to Mr. Discreet, I knew in my heart of hearts that he was meant to go on this journey with me.
He may be a hair less fancy than some of the other OTTBs out there, but nothing can beat a horse with a good mind and a strong heart. Those two things are overflowing out of Cooper. To say that he has been proving his weight in gold already would be an understatement. For his first ride I jumped on bareback in a bosal and just hacked around the arena as if he had been getting pleasure ridden all his life. The thing about this horse is that he wants to be your partner. He wants to be quiet, and he wants to please you. He may not know a whole lot yet, but he sure does try his best at everything thrown his way. Even when on his second ride we threw another rider up behind me on the saddle, he just kept putzing his way around the arena as if that was the normal way to do things.
A horse with this kind of mind and heart doesn’t come around often. Let alone one who was so close to death less than a year ago. Life threw him curve ball, and he found a way to hit it out of the park. After losing Disco, seeing Cooper get stronger every day gave me hope that I could get past that loss. He may be only a horse, but he inspires me every day. It is my goal this year to allow him to show everyone how amazingly resilient, strong, willing, and caring OTTBs can be. If he can inspire just one person as he has inspired me, then the journey we go on this year will be worth it no matter where we place.
To follow our journey, check back here for more blog posts, and keep up with his album on our Facebook page JW COOP RRP THOROUGHBRED MAKEOVER 2017. If you see us at an event or competition, come meet this guy and let us get a photo with you! We will be using the following Hashtags all year… #Wonderbred #JustBreatheCooper #RRP #ThoroughbredMakeover2017 #ReeLeeAtTheRRP #RRPBound #KelsAndCoop