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    06-10-2014, 10:23 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Zexious    
That /is/ a beautiful stable (:

Can you personally turn them out? Maybe in the arena?
Only when the arena is dry. It is in need of some TLC, which is in the works when the rain season is over. For now it gets big 20m mud puddles on either end ha ha. Cinny LOVES to play in the mud, but I don't really like the mess he makes ha ha.
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    06-11-2014, 11:58 PM
Green Broke
Whew, Cinny was a PISTOL today. I turned him out in the front arena after a warm up on the lunge and he flew. I mean he LITERALLY FLEW!!!! When it rains we get a few small "ponds" in our outdoor, one on each end of the arena. In the back it's usually a good 15m in size and the front a good 10m. Cinny is used to them and generally avoids them.

But today he took off from the back of the arena at a full gallop. He came up on that front puddle pretty fast and I braced myself expecting the worst....for him to not turn fast enough to go around it, slip and slide and land in the fence. But he didn't, he JUMPED the entire puddle! Then, he circled around and jumped it AGAIN!!! He circled around and jumped it about 4 times. Each time he landed cleanly without so much as a teeny splash or bit of mud getting on him. And each time he squealed, jumped, pronked and spun around, I thought he would do backflips he was so dang proud of himself.

I think Cinny is still trying to get it through my thick skull that he wants to be a Jumper and NOT a dressage horse! And I really regret NOT videotaping today's turnout.

Afterward I rode him bareback with the bitless attachment for his Micklem. He was settled, calm, and seemed to really enjoy the ride. I concentrated on walking correctly and moving haunches back and forth. Then I rode the rail and would randomly stop and with his head to the rail make him move his haunches to do a 180 and go back the other direction.

A very satisfying day for both of us.
    06-12-2014, 11:41 AM
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Maybe you should think about trying him with some jumping - just because a horse has the ability to do dressage doesn't mean that they will enjoy it. Jazzy has ability by the bucketloads but she gets bored with dressage really fast and starts to get inventive - jumping is far more appealing to her, maybe Cinny is the same?
    06-12-2014, 11:47 AM
Cross training is good for them. My TB gets bored if we do only dressage. Jumping Cinny could be good for him, and maybe you'll both decide you like it. Glad he seems to be feeling better!
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    06-12-2014, 01:59 PM
Green Broke
Actually, I had thought just that. I even had a jump saddle same make/style as his dressage that I know fits him ordered about a week before his Lymes diagnosis. The saddle was backordered so I cancelled it so as to better afford his medications. I'm hoping to get one for my birthday/Christmas.

For now, my Wintec 500 should be fine. It's got a shorter flap and feels more like an all purpose anyway. I just have to find the flexi blocs for it because I don't use them for dressage only trail right now.
    06-14-2014, 06:25 AM
If his back has changed that much, the saddle may need refitting.

Have you ridden him past a walk since the incident in the barn?

Right now jumping would be the last thing on my mind. As I said with using the Pessoa, he isn't ready for it. He'd more likely injure himself than gain any benefit from it, whether it be free jumping or cross rails with a rider.
    06-14-2014, 12:18 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by DuffyDuck    
If his back has changed that much, the saddle may need refitting.

Have you ridden him past a walk since the incident in the barn?

Right now jumping would be the last thing on my mind. As I said with using the Pessoa, he isn't ready for it. He'd more likely injure himself than gain any benefit from it, whether it be free jumping or cross rails with a rider.
Ha ha, I completely agree! I'm not saying I'm going to get on his back and start fences today, I meant in the future. We have a long way to go, I agree. There is a LOT of work down the road. For now my goal is to possibly go to the end of season schooling show (In September) and try him at Intro A and B and see how he does anxiety/stress wise. That is the ONLY thing we are working towards. My trainer has us doing mostly haunch work as prescribed by vet/chiro as well as walking up the hills on trail with a goal of being able to take 3-4 steps, halt, 3-4 steps, halt all the way up the hills. This is currently being done in hand. Work towards going over fences will not be started of until Spring 2015 and only with the approval of our doc.

The saddle was refitted last time the chiro came out (he is also the well known saddle fitter in the area) and he says it's fine, I just need another girth. He's been filling out a lot through his shoulders and improving top line and now holds his back and stomach properly instead of letting his tummy just hang like a preggo mare. He says this is why the girth has changed drastically, he's actually "using his core" now.
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    06-19-2014, 03:43 PM
Green Broke
The weather has been absolutely HORRIBLE lately. Rain, tornadoes, humidity, heat. So Cinny hasn't been worked much this week. Yesterday I brought my daughter for the first time since his diagnosis and she groomed him and played with him in the turnout. I have now confirmed that it is NOT my imagination, Cinny is a very different horse personality wise. My daughter says he is fun again like when I first got him.

He actually PLAYED in the turnout today, this time with a small branch that fell off of a tree into the arena. He picked it up, tossed it around, stomped it, picked it up, tossed it into the air and spun around and bucked at it like he was trying to kick it before it hit the ground or something. He played with that stick for a good half hour! Again, didn't have the cameras ready, gah.

Then we went in for a nice heavy misting of fly/tick spray and electrolytes. Then I put up his new stall guard (It's SmartBlue but in the pictures it looks pink for some reason). My stable does not allow us to put fans on stalls, but we can put stall guards on and open the windows completely so at least it help. We DO have ceiling fans in the center aisle too and they are usually outside in the turnouts all day unless it's super muddy.

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    06-22-2014, 03:26 PM
I love your stall sign! When I saw it pop up on Facebook, I KNEW it had to be for him!
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    06-22-2014, 08:05 PM
Green Broke
Yeah, I was pretty lucky to get on the waiting list last fall before she closed it down. A few of us at my barn put in the order together :)
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