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post #1 of 7 Old 12-12-2010, 12:35 AM Thread Starter
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This is terrible!! :[ There's a dressage clinic I would really like to attend with my horse. I have the money to enter the clinic and to get a trailer to go over there but, I don't know if my horse would be for a lack of better words 'sane' for it :[ USEF is also hosting a C-rated show but, it's hunter/jumper and my horse will refuse every jump if I even try to enter him in that because I haven't jumped him because the ground is frozen at my barn and i have no indoor. The barn owner is a friend of mine so do you guys have any ideas on how to ask him to put a cover over the ring so I can work my horse on not so hard ground and without freezing my @$$ off. There has been talk about him wanting to put one up so, yeah, anyway I can ask him without sounding like a biotch?!

I bought my horse a jolly ball and he absolutely loves it so, when I'm not there he has something to do instead of being bored out of his mind. He has a new girlfriend and her name is Boston. :] She's a really cute buckskin and he's always looking at her. He also has a friend named Dominic and they have paddocks right next to each other I don't know how well they like each other but, they don't fight as far as I know. I'm glad my horse is doing so well and his transition went really well from the other barn.

I was also able to do a nice walk trail with my horse the other day. The trails are so awesome. There is a pine trail that goes for miles on end and they are gorgeous!! I've also heard that there is a corn field that you can run around in and I totally can't wait to find that.

My horse is doing real well. I see him like 3 days a week and ride him 1 of those 3 days. He's about an hour away from my house so it's just not worth it to go out there every day. He hasn't reared except for when I let him out in the ring and he just let himself go. He almost busted his @$$ wednesday when I let him out. Haha! I have to take a video of him tomorrow and I can show you guys. He gets let out of his stall/paddock every day to eat some grass and he's doing so well. His paddock part of his stall is like 3 paddocks put together. It's hugeeee and he can go in and out as he pleases. It's an in/out stall but the out part is like 3 paddocks put together. Just so it's a little bit clearer for all of you. Sorry for any confusion!! :]

I am so happy the rearing stopped. I do realize now that he was probably like that because he was bored out of his mind in his old place. Normally when I am there I groom him and just spend time with him. :]
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post #5 of 7 Old 12-12-2010, 06:23 AM
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Worst he can say is no
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post #6 of 7 Old 12-12-2010, 02:12 PM
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I personally think that is asking to much. If you feel that you can only ride in an indoor arena, then maybe you should consider boarding at a barn that has an indoor already.

If your horse has issues of acting crazy because of being bored and lacking exercise (which is what it sounds like from your post), IMO you'd be better off to either move to an indoor or bundle up and ride in the cold anyway.
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post #7 of 7 Old 12-12-2010, 09:00 PM
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First of all if you think your horse is not ready for the clinic - don't waste your money. I'm not sure about that one, but many clinics are so advanced that you accomplish nothing by entering a green (in particular discipline) horse. Or sometime they enter SO many horses, that the instructor will have just 30 mins out of entire clinic to spend on you.

I'm talking strictly from personal experience (which I'm sure can be very different from other people experience). Personally I'd rather take 4 lessons with the very good trainer instead of just 1 clinic (well, unless someone extremely good and not coming up here often giving a clinic). If you REALLY want to attend, all clinics I know of have space for spectators (usually for $15 - 25/clinic just to watch).

As for the ground, what do you mean by the cover?? Like a sand? Or cover it with the tarp? If it's super expensive and you are in "cheap" barn then personally I wouldn't even ask, because you are not gonna get it anyway!

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