It was suggested to me that I start keeping all of my questions regarding Cinny, Cinny's training, my riding Cinny, anything to do with Cinny, all in one place, and I think that's a great idea....so I started this journal.
If this is your first time here, the best way to start is with the most current info/questions/pics etc etc PLEASE START ON THE LAST PAGE! I have tried to clearly mark new questions using Big Bright Purple Writing
and the date, so you can find it easier. ALL criticisms, advice, etc are read and considered and I really strive hard to not whine, argue or make excuses...some of you who have read previous posts can attest to that.
HISTORY Brutal Honesty Accepted Here
was my last post before I decided to start this journal, and is where we REALLY start this journey.
I believe Cinny and I have really mad a lot of headway in our work. I have taken advice and bought a saddle more suited to me (a used 18.5 inch forward seat), and quit using my Indian knotted hackamore. I am using a Fulmer (full cheek with loose rings instead of fixed) as he already started figuring some bad bitting habits with my full cheek. I also discovered that another point of his discomfort was in my ancient "humane" girth which turned out to be paper thin and no longer humane...so that is gone, new girth. We changed to a nice equestrian center with an indoor arena with FABULOUS footing, and mirrors (never seen mirrors in an arena before), so I can really watch my position. I have been riding with my reins as loose as possible, pretty much "too loose" as in just hanging, and only give him slight pressure when he tries to take advantage of the rein and take off...and then it's more seat and soothing voice then rein. He has stopped wringing his tail and tossing his head. He still grinds his teeth, however. I have not cantered since the day the video was taken that I posted in Brutal Honesty Accepted Here
I also have yet to start my formal lessons and probably won't for another month, but the trainer I am signed on with helps me when she has time.
CURRENT QUESTION AS OF JUNE 15, 2010.
I am having an issue with Cinny during our workouts. I have been working at a walk and trot in the arena concentrating on sticking to the rail and bending into the corners by doing full circles in each and every corner. The first few days we did this, Cin did just fine but the last two days he has started what I call "throwing a tantrum" when we do our circles. This is how it goes: We go up the straight away, hit the first corner, do our circle and just as we get back to the rail, BAM he stops dead in his tracks and practically trots backwards to avoid getting back on the rail! He does this at a walk or trot, and with the reins just hanging on his shoulders...the only cues are my leg cues at this point (which I quickly remove when he does this) and a very very light hold on the inside rein, just enough to say it's tighter than the outside, but still laying loose.
He does this both in the outdoor and indoor arena so I doubt it's an arena issue such the mirrors in the indoor arena (besides he rather likes that handsome friend of his as he nickers and neighs when he sees him). He does it no matter which direction we are going, and does it the first half hour or so of our workout. Then he suddenly stops doing it and all is fine. I was almost feeling like Canter was coming up over the bump for us, but now....I can't Canter him if he's going suddenly to stop dead and trot backwards with me. I think this needs corrected before I can go any further with him.
In your opinion, what could be causing this? Is he just being a snotthead, or could it be something else? What is the best way to correct it?