Originally Posted by StellaIW
I love to do canter - trot - canter - trot - canter transitions to improve the trot.
My favourite ;) Improves the trot, and encourages the back to swing and inside hind to really come under and carry the rider.
When the horse is a little more advanced, I like to ride shoulder in trot, into canter, then back to trot shoulder in. It gets them really thinking and frees up the back and shoulders considerably. Plus they have to come onto their haunches in the canter and transition, to be able to stay balanced into the shoulder in.
I also mentioned this in my post in 'what are you working on', but I love to ride leg yield, alternating between haunches in and out, down the long side. I find that it gets the hind legs very active, and you establish a good connection from the haunches into your hand. At the end of the long side, you can also add a working turn on the haunches (yep - in trot as well) and repeat the exercise on the other rein. Adding the turn on the haunches (or forehand) is great to rebalance and get them absolutely on their haunches and with your aids, or they fall on their face!