how are things going lately?
Things are going okay. I've been doing a lot of bareback riding and "feeling" Cinny's movements, getting back into trusting each other. His foot is completely healed without any hoof deformities. We went to 1 last show. The trainer at my stable went with us and wasn't too pleased with my scores. Cinny didn't grit but we were low 50's. I didn't care, they were some of the BEST tests I have done with him. It turned out everyone was complaining about the judge though...so...I devised a new way of looking at shows and my scores.
Here it is...
You find that rider in your level/division...you know who she is. She should move up a level but she never does and consistently gets low to mid 70's. The one people complain about...and you STOP complaining. What you do is each time you show against that person compare scores....wait for it before you say to stop comparing to other people...just the scores. Just subract their percent from your percent for the same test, judge etc. Then each show you go to see how much smaller that number gets. The lower you get, the better your success no matter how hard, easy the judge is or what the circumstances are. If you are closing that gap, you are improving and improving is what you want :)
That last schooling show where everyone griped about the judge...he gap between me and "super woman rider" was the smallest it has ever been. The trainer at my barn doesn't "understand" why I think they were the best tests we have done even though they are the worst percentages we have ever gotten. Oh well...
Besides that I have been emailing every local GOOD well known, well favored dressage trainer I can find in the area to find out about training...either leaving Cinny with them a few months, or trailer there if I finally get a truck and trailer. Sadly, all of them keep telling me they have no time/room for another horse. Only one will take me but it means moving Cinny back to a stable that makes he a high strung, nervous wreck :(
So, that's about it in a nutshell.
Hope it's all going better with everyone else here LOL