I have recently started doing quite a lot of in hand work with Bob. It seems to be really helping his confidence into the bridle within only a couple of days, and in long reining he has begun to develop a little more confidence in being able to sit, which he tends to get quite tense over under saddle.
Currently most of my work is leg yielding and shoulder in on a 10m circle to engage the inside hind leg and increase the bend through his body. Doing walk - trot - walk transitions using these exercises are helping him hugely, he is now pushing off very nicely with his inside hind and sitting in the downward.
Are there any exercises for in hand work that people have, that they'd like to share?
Not in hand in the form of the general ground work to get control and respect (he's a total pushover in that aspect!!) but in hand work geared towards under saddle preparation.