Sunday, March 25:
Time to start the count down to one of the biggest local dressage shows of the season, The Shaggy Horse Dressage Show held at the Nebraska Expo Center. This will be Cinny's 2nd show in his lifetime. We went last year and did Intro A and B and received upper 50's which I think isn't bad being that he was only under saddle 9 months and a first Dressage show foe either of us.... with no trainer to boot (trainer pitched a stink 3 days before the show, long story).
This year we are going to try to improve scores at intro level and show Intro B and C. We are also going to try Training levels 2 and 3, just to see where we are at. Cinny is beginning to relax with the help of our new trainer and we are both able to really relax with her unorthodox (well, unorthodox to most dressage trainers) methods. We have greatly improved on last years shortcomings and we even achieve a good "stretchy trot circle" about 50% of the time.
This weeks plan is to get halts more SOLID and strengthen transitions as well as responsiveness to leg cues. We also need to strengthen our transitions into canter and consistently picking up the correct lead. I have decided to do a LOT of this work on trail instead of in the arena. I am also going to continue strengthening the hind with hill work including halting halfway up or halfway down a hill, and then asking to walk on from a solid halt on the incline. My conditioning with riding bareback will also continue so that I can learn to balance myself correctly instead using my legs and saddle to balance.
Beauty treatments will start tomorrow with a "secret beauty spray" treatment after his rinse. He will also get a deep hoof conditioning treatment tomorrow too. Phase 1 of ear clipping as I have to do a little bit each day as he has no patience for clippers buzzing around his ears.
I'm so so excited. Stay tuned for more updates and future pictures!