Cooper was born in 1998 (making him 13 years old), and he is as tall as he will ever get! He was rescued from a starvation and neglect situation in Iowa, so he came to camp in need of a lot of extra TLC, which he has certainly received from campers!
When he arrived at camp, he was very shy and timid. He didn’t know any of the other horses or humans yet, and he was nervous–kind of like how some of the kids who first arrive at camp feel. Fortunately for Cooper, he got lots of loving care from campers, who fed him carrots and treated him with kindness. When he was feeling nervous, campers would quietly sit in his pen and wait until Cooper was ready to walk to them. He gradually learned that he could trust humans again. Once he approached campers, they fed him hay and carrots and brushed him gently. He has come such a long way because of all the kids who have spent time with him at camp. Now Cooper is a confident, curious and chubby little guy!
Because of his background, Cooper is a great listener, especially to campers who might be feeling a bit homesick. He LOVES carrots, and would nibble on treats until he was the size of a hot air balloon if he could!
Cooper knows how to pull a jog cart and is too small for anyone to ride. If campers have a counselor nearby, they can take him for a walk using his halter and lead rope. He’s kind of like a big puppy dog!
A lot of kids like to visit Cooper on their way to the Four Story Treehouse or Tipi Village. Do you have any favorite memories with Mini Cooper?