Horse Training

100 Days of Redemption: Days 41-50

Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised thingsβ€”and the things that are notβ€”to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him. 30 It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from Godβ€”that is, our righteousness, holiness and Redemption.

1 Corinthians 1: 26-30
Trotting on the Rail, Happy in the Contact

Day 41: Today we started a new exercise at the walk: Shoulder-in (3) steps, then leg-yield from the rail to the middle of rail on opposite side of arena, shoulder-in (3) steps and leg-yield over back to the other side.

We also worked on simple lateral movements like shoulder-in at the trot, and practiced her canter in a crowded arena.

See a short video clip of the canter HERE


Day 42: My amazing friend Tatum took Redemption on a trail ride for me! I am wanting to start putting more people on her to ensure that all of my training is crossing over regardless of the rider. Tatum sat on Redemption last week, but otherwise has not ridden her. On our trail ride there was a total of (3) horse/rider pairs. The others were: Autumn/Elek and Gigi/Drifter. This was a great experience for everyone; Redemption got to practice leading, being in the middle and the caboose. She definitely prefers leading, but has more confidence following on something new, like jumping. It was over a 2 hour ride, approximately 7 miles total. Terrain included Bryan Station Farm, riding through pastures with other horses, opening and closing gates, crossing water, going up and down hills, riding in open fields and along an active road. There were also (4) dogs, and rotating riders – so Redemption got an assortment of exposures that she handled like a seasoned pro.

Tatum loves to jump, and I was thrilled that she volunteered to take Redemption over any log that we came across. Redemption is not as forward to the jump yet, but seemed to understand the concept when following another horse (video clip here).

Even though I was the “Soccer Mom” of the day, I was impressed with Redemption’s willing attitude and easy versatility to whatever she encountered. I am even more convinced that this horse is One-Of-A-Kind, and I can’t wait to see where she ends up, because she will definitely be extraordinary.

Day 43: Shorter ride Day – lateral movements are almost automatic, I’m starting to just have to shift weight and open rein the direction I want her shoulder to go and she moves immediately. Her canter departs (Upward transition from the trot to the canter) need to be a bit crisper, so I am going to be focusing on that this week.

Day 44: We rode in the bareback pad today. I am pleased with her easy impulsion, and responsive lateral movements. We worked on transitions and improving the canter depart.

Day 45: Groundwork Day – In preparation for her first show, Redemption had her first bath – she did not love it, but the most she did was lift her front leg to avoid the water – which was more adorable than disobedient. Thanks so much, Jake, for braiding again and helping us look our best!

Day 46: SHOW DAY! Loaded onto my 2-horse straight load trailer after Elek was already loaded. I prefer sending horses on as it can prevent naughty behavior like feet planting, but I ended up leading her because Elek would swing his haunches over. Redemption proved she is an easy loader no matter how you ask her.

So Shiny!

Once we arrived at the Kentucky Horse Park and unloaded, we had a lot of free time to explore the Park before our test. Elek and Tatum accompanied, and we ventured through the cross country course and steeple chase track. This was my first time hand galloping Redemption, and she was so safe and smooth. We saw lots of scary jumps and she really didn’t spook at anything. While warming up for our test I got one buck when I asked her to canter past another horse – nothing big and not repeated after I scolded her and asked again. We got a lot of remarks from other riders on her snappy hocks and knees, so that’s always a nice fluffer before showing πŸ˜‡ Riding into the arena she showed her pants off and blew me away – this was her first time in a true dressage arena with the low rail, and this sweet mare stayed in the ring but definitely thought she was supposed to go over the rail like a trot pole. We got a 62 even with rider error of asking for a transition a letter early, and remarks from the judges included “Cute Mare” and “Really Nice Trot” on our trot across the diagonal. See the test here

Things to work on: riding in a dressage arena, canter transitions, and entering straight.

Loving the Spotlight
Stretching on her Free Walk


Day 47: After a rest day, went out and put my husband on her! He is the epitome of a beginner, and I was so impressed how easily Redemption carried him and let him learn. He walked and trotted in the indoor, worked on his own steering and speed control. She was an angel. Then I got on and just worked her over the back long and low before ending

Day 48: Second time with farrier – she had been in the stall for a while and was clearly ready to move around, and was pretty unhappy at being asked to stand still for farrier. She didn’t grow much toe, just flare control. We will most likely be switching to shoes in a few weeks. I rode outside for the first time in ages (aside from the show) and she was so good, forward and stretchy – introduced lengthening stride. She picked up the wrong lead tracking right again, so I will be paying extra attention to this moving forward until it is automatic.

Day 49: I rode Redemption outside in the dark for the first time in a bareback pad – just walk trot as it was pretty slick. We went into the indoor to wrap up with our lateral movements.

Day 50: I am so pumped that we got to ride outside this morning, because THE SUN WAS RISING! Yay, getting light earlier! We went through walk, trot and canter in the polo field. Redemption was eager and excited to be out of the indoor arena. She tried to push through my outside rein, but it was a good learning opportunity and she ended soft and responsive.

How are we already half way?! Thank you for following!