Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: ~*~ NEBRASKA ~*~
Well, it's been a while, there have been so many changes. The biggest one is, we just moved to a new stable. Cinny and I just weren't fitting in at the Equestrian Center. It would seem that you either have to be in the Pony Posse, be a "Pony Posse Mom," have a huge warmblood and ride in the hunt field with the teens or have a seasoned dressage horse to be worthy of anybody actually talking to you in that place, with the exception of course of the guy that cleans your horses stall and feeds him. Unfortunately Cinny and I just weren't any of those.
I know moving to a better place is considered "moving up" and moving to a cheaper place is "going down" or but what is it if you go to a better place that is cheaper? Cinny's new digs include (for only a forth the price of the equestrian center) a 10x20 box stall with a dutch door that leads out to...yes his own 20X20 little dry lot. 3 turn out FIELDS that I want to say are bigger than most arenas. A round pen, an outdoor arena with not only stuff for jumps, but also practicing games. A nice indoor arena complete with dressage lettering. Hot/cold bath (except in winter). Super friendly people. And a trail head that leads into a state nature park :)
The downside, I now have to go select, buy and haul in my own hay (so yes, Cinny even has better quality hay). I have to feed him at night and clean the stall myself (I had to clean his stall in the other place too as the ammonia in it was worse than a cat box that hadn't been cleaned in a month), and I have to set out his morning feed in a bin in front of his stall so the BO can feed him. Yeah, like all of that is a big deal...not.
We are also changing trainers. Not because my old trainer can't go to the new barn, she is more than welcome to, I just don't think she is working for Cinny and Me, and I get the feeling she doesn't WANT to train Cinny and me anymore. The last time I heard from her she told me to email her when I was feeling better and ready to start training again. I emailed her a while ago and the only thing I heard from her was "Cinny's neighbor ate his blanket." Um yeah, real excited to train us. I think I have found a wonderful trainer in the Dressage trainer at the new stable. I now make the 3rd dressage rider at our barn lol. She is very excited and has already planned on which shows she is taking us to and we haven't even trained with her yet. Don't worry, she HAS seen my Cinny vids..including that horrible first one!! She knows what she is getting in to.
As for Cin, he is doing better and better all the time. I still have the opportunity to still go to the Sarah Martin clinics at my old stable, yay and she now is involved with a wonderful website geared toward improving yourself and your horse in any discipline. I love this site so much, I am going to ask permission to post the link. Anyway, for dressage there is a place where it shows all the levels and what is expected in that level and then you can rate your horse on each thing. So Cinny has strong halt, strong 20mm circles, introduced to forehand turns..things like that. And then it helps you with tips on getting the weaker things stronger, etc. Anyway, the reason I bring it up is that through that site I discovered that maybe my old trainer was pushing Cin a bit too much. We barely have introduced intro level stuff to him as well as a bit and the last few lessons she started introducing turning on the forehand and shoulder in at the trot..which of course were somewhat disastrous and we still haven't quiet "gotten them" and now I think Cinny hasn't quite gotten them because we don't have a strong enough foundation with bitting and basics yet.
Thus, we have gone way back to basics. Until I start with the new trainer (this Thursday) I am only going to work on him with intro and training level work and get them SOLID!! All this going back into what he somewhat knows has gotten him to relax...and I rarely get any teeth gritting. Instead...I get drool ha ha. We have also begun canter work. He's good for about 2 20mm circles at a time and then he looses energy so we do a lot of canter-trot-canter-trot transitions both directions. He is also liking to throw in counter canters which I absolutely HATE.
Another thing that will help is I have found someone FINALLY to also get him out and work with him. She has her own horse at my new barn but he's older and she wants to ride other horses for her own experience. She's very good and balanced and I think it will be just what Cinny needs. She rides all disciplines as well.
Anyway, that's the latest Cinny report. I am looking forward to a brighter new year and possibly the inside of a show ring!