Horse Training

100 Days of Redemption: Days 71-80

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, [Redemption] is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9

Day 71: Horse show at Masterson Station! First time loading onto slant-load trailer and she was not confident, but got on with little convincing. Once we arrived, Demi warmed up wonderfully. First test, Into C, was mediocre. She was excited and broke to the canter during one of our trots, and started with a wrong lead on one of our canters. We left the ring and had time to further supple her, and rode Training 2 like she had been doing it for years. While leaving the arena, we received multiple comments on how stunning she was. I’m so proud of how well she did. Video here

Day 72: Short relaxed trail ride day. Just asked Demi to stretch down and out and move out in the walk around the farm. These days may seem lazy or not worth mentioning, but recovery and relaxation are vital to successful training.

Day 73: Today was the first “Mare Day” I have had with Redemption. She was obstinate in the polo field; kept breaking to the canter and was fussy with the bit. She was specifically troublesome when I asked for the leg yield or any lateral movement at the trot. We went into the indoor arena and she wasn’t much better with lateral movements, and I got the best canter I’ve ever had on her. I’m going to try a different bit, even though this is the one I’ve been using for several months. I didn’t see any bruising or rubbing from this one, but I’d like to see if she reacts differently to the change.

Day 74: I switched to a “straight bar happy mouth bit”, and realized I had put the prior bit on backwards after the horse show! So that may have accounted for her attitude yesterday. We had a much better ride today; no arguments when leg yielding, and she gave me a very nice uphill canter.

Day 75: Another great day, we are focusing on shoulder-in/ haunches-in/ leg yield at the trot. It is difficult, but she is able to do a little more each day.

Day 76: Light hack around the farm with Tatum and her mare Raz, then went into the indoor arena and schooled our trotting lateral movements.

I love this picture, because it really shows how Dem will JUMP up in the canter

Day 77: My friend Lauren Ewing came out and rode Redemption for me today; we crossed the street and rode walk, trot, and canter in the polo field. Lauren had some trouble keeping Dem from popping out the shoulder, but ended on a great note.

Her description of Redemption – forward, eager mover. Brave and fun to ride!

Day 78: I rode Redemption and ponied my recent acquisition, Kova! We then rode in the polo field working on moving out and coming back in the trot and canter, staying between my hands without pulling or drifting. She also gave me some very good leg yields.

I absolutely love how relaxed she is here.

Day 79: I rode Demi across the street with Tatum on Raz, and worked on sending Redemption into the contact, then asked her to start sitting back. I could tell it was difficult, but she stayed with me. We trotted and cantered over ground poles.

You can see her starting to “sit” here

Day 80: Shorter ride today, just rode bareback and focused on lateral movements in the indoor arena.