Split-Ridge Red Zeppelin (Jagger's Journey x Summer Morning Glow)
Born March 2013
Spring 2014 - starting to shed out
The below video was shot on 6/4/14. You will see Red Zeppelin's progress with some of his ground exercises as follows:
Light lunging and changing direction, including over the tarp. This is his 3rd day lunging and already he is refining to more subtle cues. (for those who are gasping over lunging a yearling - the vet recommended several minutes of lunging each day to help keep swelling from castration down, it's ok, we are not damaging him in any way!)
Yielding hindquarters stage 1 & 2.
Yielding forequarters - still needs improvement on one side stepping across in front, but is doing great and does not try to move forward.
Backing (1. tapping air with stick; 2. wiggle rope; 3; wiggle, wave & walk. 4. marching)
Being asked to step onto the tarp
String & rope thrown all over him, spanking the ground with the string
Trailer loading & unloading (both turning and leading off and being backed off)
Comfortable with saddle pad and surcingle
May 2014 - First time carrying a saddle - no problems!
Day 3 - "Joey" comes out of his stall & explores the barn. We threw a couple of tarps down on the ground - watch as he goes from unsure about these scary objects to confidently walking on them! (and keep scrolling down - there are more pictures AND A TRAINING VIDEO below!)
I walk off camera a few times in this one - I didn't have a helper to video this, so set the camera up on the tripod. :)
Here is Red Zeppelin (nicknamed "Joey") at 2 weeks old practicing a few exercises. You will see how he is doing at leading, stepping over a log, yielding his hindquarters from touch and driving pressure (rope & hand), yielding forequarters from touch and driving pressure, backing up from both halter pressure and touching his chest. Also having rope thrown around him and picking up feet. He's doing pretty good for such a little guy! What a cutie!