Everyone has had a bit of a break in recent weeks, including Jon Holling‘s latest off-track Thoroughbred turned event horse Ragtime Rebel (Union Rags X A.P. Elegance, by A.P. Indy) owned by The Rebel Restart Syndicate. The 6-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding last raced in April 2018 and most recently evented this February at Rocking Horse III H.T. in the Training Horse division before COVID-19 induced shutdowns began taking place.
So what have Rebel and Jon been up to during quarantine? Well, like many of us, Rebel enjoyed a nice extra bit of vacation before coming back into work again. But now as competitions begin to ramp up again, so does his training. In this video, Jon gives an update on the horse and also gives us a great example of the exercise he’s working on with Rebel to improve the quality of the canter. It’s an exercise for “when you don’t really want to jump, but you don’t really feel like doing another day of dressage.” I think we can all get behind that!