Originally Posted by Allison Finch
Cinny, sorry for the hijack. No more talk of the clinic. I will start a thread when all details are worked out.
Cinny, stay strong and committed to moving ever forward. You have already made huge improvements and I am sure you will continue to progress.
Have you looked in your area for an accomplished trainer that you can go to every now and then? If you take lessons like a "clinic" you could work on things in between. I have students who can't afford more than one lesson every month or so. I send them home with tons of homework so that they can, hopefully, come to the next lesson with some progress.
Do you have a trailer? If you trailer out, Maybe you don't even have to tell your present trainer, to avoid conflict. I have no problem with my students going to clinics or even other instructors. I have a student who also shows hunters. I am NOT a hunter instructor and made sure she went to a good coach for that.
Awesome idea...sadly no trailer, no truck to haul trailer :( I have gone down the list of trainers listed on the site for Nebraska Dressage Association...all of them are full. I am on the waiting list of all that have lesson horses. There is a really great riding program an hour and a half away...I'm on their waiting list too. It seems that as soon as showing season ended everyone rushed to the trainers to get their winter work going.
Yesterday I went to see Cinny. He has been on somewhat of a vacation with only a few "play" rides bareback...about once a week. A LOT of turnout, a lot of breaking fences, getting sprayed by skunks and well...being a horse. Anyway..I was a bit mopey yesterday and while grooming him and massaging those poor muscles on his back that the saddle messed up I was getting depressed over what had happened with the saddle and that I had TRAINED him to not round out, not use his back, not extend (every time he tried the saddle apparently hurt him and I didn't know it until the saddle fitter pointed it out). I was thinking that it's going to take me at least a year to teach him it won't hurt anymore and to untrain what had been done and get him to trust.
I decided to just do some basics and we ended up having one of the best rides we had in a long time...and I am now confident that the situation with his back isn't as bad as I thought.... You can read more here I think Cinny and I had an "A-Ha" day today..opinions please
And my workouts at the gym have made a HUGE improvement. I think I'm going to get addicted to the ab/core machines LOL.