So, many of you know my story with Cinny but in case you don't, long story short, he is a "green reclaim" (broke at 2 then sat until 7) that I have been working with lower levels of dressage to start him out. There are a lot of issues with him wanting to go go go go and he isn't liking collecting, etc. He seems to be anxious to say the least and "teeth grinding" just doesn't seems too mellow of a term for the grinding he does. I was hoping that after a year's time he would be a horse I could get on and relax, have fun with but it's been almost a year and although there is more control he still is not a horse you can just "get on and go" with.
He was bred for western performance and I believe it to be in his blood to go go go. I was hoping to take him over fences but if we go at them like a high speed locomotive I don't think things will go well. I was thinking, should I let my trainer friend (ex champion barrel racer, finishes barrel horses) have her go at teaching him barrels? Could there be a chance that this could settle him down a bit or will it make him worse? I used to have an ex barrel horse that was wonderful, nice to work with, settled....she only went nuts if she saw a clover pattern set up ha ha. So that is where the idea came from.
Any thoughts? Don't worry I can take honest opinions so if I'm brain dead, let me know!!