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Day 34-43

Hello all!

Sorry again for the long wait!

For the past ten days Renaissance and I have been doing all kinds of fun stuff.

Last Friday, Kylie and I were going to float down the ditch and so I brought Ren to walk along the bank. Though he was having none of that! No, instead, he felt he needed to be in the water with us! ๐Ÿ™‚ He just jumped right in and waded the entire stretch over and over with us! It was so fun and we’ve swam with him a couple times since then.

The Water Horse ๐Ÿ™‚

I also started driving him more often and he is doing really well along the rail but gets a little confused when we move off the rail. I have plans with some very experienced drivers to practice with them this week though. ๐Ÿ™‚

He now will shift the weight off of all of his feet when I snap my fingers. My goal is to have him lift his feet for me when I snap. ๐Ÿ™‚ He is coming along better and better every day! He also is bowing without fussing around. Now we just have to work on the smoothness of it and have him stay down until I ask him to stand back up. ๐Ÿ™‚ Again, this is all getting better and better every day.

He has become increasingly more comfortable with other people interacting with him. Though he especially likes my little sister, Jazmyne. Here is Jaz leading Ren…

Jaz and Ren ๐Ÿ™‚

Another thing, last Friday a group of friends from the Friends of the Mustangs went up to a friend’s house for a small play day with the horses. I didn’t get many pictures because my phone was dead but things we did included getting on pedistols, jumping barrels and stacked pipes, walking under hanging tarps and pool noodles, jump down hills and up hills, playing with big Parelli balls, and this… ๐Ÿ™‚

Just south of riding. ๐Ÿ™‚

We mastered the trick where he walks underneath me and I stand above him where I would be riding. I also can stand on his butt and balance and he just stands there. ๐Ÿ™‚ Here is the Captain Morgan pose! ๐Ÿ˜›

TaDa ๐Ÿ™‚

The other night I played with both of my horses in the large arena with Ren at liberty and Topaz under saddle. We played a little target game where the goal was to get Ren to put his nose in the corner and stay there while Topaz and I rode. This game was a good mental and physical activity for both horses because I needed Topaz to be very precise with her movements. As fast as we needed to put pressure towards Ren, we needed to release as well. This got Topaz reconnected to me while Ren got to think about being rewarded by comfort and reading our pressure. It took a while, but he finally stayed in the corner while Topaz and I rode one lap around the arena so we accepted that as the greatest effort of Ren and called it a day. ๐Ÿ™‚

Everything is flowing so smoothly with Renaissance and there’s always more to learn!

Thanks for reading!

Tip of the Day:

It is the Release that teaches!

A common misconception in the equine industry is that horses learn from pressure. They will learn by pulling on the bit because it is a punishment for not stopping when you said Woah.ย Not Quite! Instead of pressure, it is the release of pressure that teaches the horse. Whatever behavior the horse is exercising when he finds comfort or you release the pressure, is the behavior that he will continue to do. This causes people to need to become very precise with their timing or else confuse the horse!

Remember to always releaseย pressure theย secondย the horse is exercising the correct behavior!ย 

Try to hone your timing so that your communication is clearer with your horse!

Have fun. Be smart. Be safe.

~Stephanie

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