Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: ~*~ NEBRASKA ~*~
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.