I'm a little confused, but are you still riding this horse in side reins?
Yes, side reins it is, I have a feeling trainer fears he might go into total frenzy when let out of them.
That's what I also feel, is what is lacking, but I honestly have never done any concious groundwork in my life, and the fact that I'm not even leasing gives me very little right to actually try and muck around when I'm not very sure what I'm doing. Even less, taking into account that formally I ride as a part of a partially government paid physiotherapy program, only the fact I have been around on and off for the last 14 years and proved I could actually do stuff on my good times gives me a little freedom of ''expressing myself'' in form of grooming, tacking up and down, and deciding what do I wanna do in my time on horseback.
Technically I could probably steal a little bit of us two time, but that would be after his day's work (him being under saddle with therapy kiddos for a hour and half to two hours and me for 20-30 minutes) and I really doubt he's ready to take anything seriously at that state.
Getting outdoors probably would help a lot, but...
Well, I guess a little background info would explain the situation better, but I'm really afraid of the ''Animal abuse, this should be shut down/reported/burned down'' sorta responses about a situation that I have no control whatsoever on. I can only agree it's bad, but that's what we have and I haven't found a more agreeable option.
So basically as many things we have in this end of Europe, this facility (not a barn, a facility) is Soviet heritage. The aim of the whole complex was to provide enough learning opportunities for aspiring riders from a city of 700 000 people that could be reached by public transport. I have never really counted, but I guesstimate the capacity is somewhere close to 100 horses. There is no pasture at all, and about 7-8 dirt pens only, so pretty much we have got horses stalled for 20+hours a day. And in winter we are terribly tight on space (one dressage sized arena, one tiny one 30x15 metres, where I actually work most of the time, and one a little larger than tiny one, that at the moment is barely usable as after the sand changing, apparently it was the wrong type of sand and footing is too unstable to do any work under the saddle).
Don't ask me who designed such facility, apparently soviet horses did not need to graze or even move their feet at all if it wasn't for the good of the Fatherland, but that's where I'm stuck. With a horse who probably hasn't stretched his legs without tack (sidereins included) for last two months since autumn rain turned dirt pens and outdoor fields into mud baths (we have draining problem in the whole territory on top of all this... sight)
Ehh, I would love to move to a decent place, but it really does not seem to be an option at this given moment, as finding anyone willing to deal with someone with my rocky riding history is a pain (ok, I'm the pain, I have gotten up to solid walk/trot/canter at least 3 or 4 times in my life and the first time I did it on the age of 10 or 11 I even manned up for a bit of kiddy dressage, and then force major, something happens, I'm off for a longer time and come back with a physical condition of a soggy noodle and start from beginning again)
Sorry, rant, back to the topic:
*if there is any point on 10-15 minutes of groundwork after hard days work, I would be happy for any pointers where to start. Like even the obvious ones.