Bug has progressed in leaps and bounds in her training over the last few months, and Maddie is proud of all that this brilliant young horse has accomplished. In addition to solidifying the basics of ground and saddle training (including standing quietly for grooming and tacking, trailer loading, clipping and bathing, lunging, walk/trot/canter under saddle inside and outside of arenas, and much more), Bug has gained valuable experience in the following:
-jumping up to 2'3"
-being ridden at a show
-being around cows, pigs, dogs, cats, and goats
-letting children groom and ride her independently at the walk and trot
-riding bareback at all gaits
-riding in a group of horses
-going and riding in new places
Because Bug will be available for adoption at the conclusion of the Trainer's Challenge, Maddie says that Bug would do best with one of the following types of owners:
1. A petite beginner adult rider under the guidance of a knowledgeable trainer
2. A petite intermediate adult rider with some guidance of a knowledgeable trainer
3. An intermediate older child (10+) under the guidance of a knowledgeable trainer or advanced adult rider
4. A beginner or intermediate teenager (13-17) under the guidance of a knowledgeable trainer or advanced adult rider
Maddie says, "Bug is very smart and would excel in a variety of disciplines such as dressage, eventing, combined training, hunter/jumper, hunter under saddle, western pleasure, western dressage, pleasure riding, and/or trail riding."
Most recently, Bug scored 60% in Training level at the Dog Days Dressage show in Lake Elmo, MN! They were also featured in an article in the Woodbury Bulletin ("Woodbury Teen will Compete in Trainer's Challenge of Unwanted Horse with New Horse, Bug").We can't wait to see how these two do at the Trainer's Challenge, and we wish Maddie and Bug the best of luck in their remaining time together.