Interestingly, Cinnamon put himself on a large circle -- maybe 40 meters -- around me. So, I behaved as if I were lunging him at liberty. He was confused at first, but then complied. Brett was mucking the pasture and Cinnamon trotted over and stopped near Brett and the muck cart. I walked over and was able to stand next to Cinnamon for a few minutes, before the quivering won out and he left. I didn't attempt to do anything with the halter. I just wanted him to relax with me standing there.
We did some more circles of trot and then he stopped in a far corner. I approached and he stayed. Again, I rubbed and scratched him. He wanted to leave (I wish I knew what he was so worried about) but he didn't. I put the rope across his neck and, again, told him to whoa. This time I was able to slide the halter on without a problem.
We walked out of the pasture and up past the donkeys to the dressage court. Brett had added some more wood barriers to keep the sand from washing away and I wanted to see them. As we walked along the outside of the arena, Tuffy started playing hard in the pasture behind us -- galloping, bucking and farting. I jumped at the sudden noise. Cinnamon took one step sideways, away from me, and stopped. He handled it better than me.
I was able to lead him all over the property on a loose lead. He does have lovely ground manners.
Next we practiced approaching the tie rail. This has been a constant struggle for Brett. Mufasa plants his feet or runs backwards. He does not like the black stall mats in front of the tie rail -- I wonder if they look like a big black hole to him. We approached the end of the mat in front of the tie rail and he stopped, then took a couple steps backwards. I backed him up a few more steps, then walked forward again. Same thing. So, I backed him up fast. He wasn't thrilled with that and followed me right onto the mat.
Last, when I took him into his stall, I asked him to lower his head while I took off the halter. He braced initially, then gave a few inches. It was enough. I took off the halter and gave him a cookie.
Its a start. I want Cinnamon to understand the rules. I have clear expectations about grand manners. I want him to trust me while we work together. Having clear boundaries and expectations will ensure that he is successful. I want him to learn that he doesn't have to worry about things when he is with me. I was pleased, overall, with how it went today. It's a start.