I cannot begin to express how proud it makes me to hear the praise this horse receives everywhere he goes. My youngest beginner rider excels when I ride him while she rides my Quarter Horse Gelding. She is a very visual learner, and by being able to watch me demonstrate on Rain, she picks up techniques much faster. When we ventured to New Jersey, we rode with a bunch of OTTBs from Turning For Home, and two seasoned trail and show Quarter Horses, Rain led the way through creeks, ditches, and even stood his ground when the cows came running to the fence to investigate the horses. Not only did he lead a lot of the trail ride, but when we picked up the pace, he was fine with horses passing him, and even stood quietly to allow other horses to lope away ahead of him. Every rider who was with us praised his willingness, and quiet demeanor. I couldn't ask for a better partner to go through this competition with.
Our third adventure this week was attending the Rudy Trail Obstacle Course Show this past Sunday. Rain took the entire experience in stride. He stayed quiet in the warm up pen with a bunch of horses (and a mule), and he got much praise from the judge for his willingness to at least try every obstacle in his classes. The obstacle course at Rudy Horsemanship has some very challenging features. There are actual ditches and gully's with various footing types at the bottom, to three different types of bridges, and tractor tire step ups, just to name a few. Some obstacles were smoother than others, but Rain has trust that his rider will get him through anything safely, and so he always puts his best foot forward.
We concluded this week with another flat work session for a video update. Because a few potential owners are interested in turning Rain into a jumper, we did our video update in an english saddle and added a jumping session after. But Rain doesn't care what type of saddle is on his back, he knows that his cues come from the rider and responds just the same. His flat work is really improving. He is able to hold a soft feel more consistently, and that is leading to him traveling in a collected gait. He is very responsive to leg aids, and his transitions are improving. Especially his trot to canter transitions, and his stop. Which I mentioned previously that we had really started working on at the end of last week, and now into this one.
Below are our video updates, and some trail footage from earlier this week. Have a great week everyone!