Depending on what I was working on with him and the weather, I may have worked with him once a week for an hour or twice a week for half hour or one hour for 4 days straight. I did a lot of ground work with him, made sure he could lunge, load, clip, bathe, blanket, a little ground driving.. I also did some trick training with him until I could start him under saddle. I started him under saddle about 5 months ago so he's had approximately 20 rides. Generally the under saddle sessions are an hour long including ground work.
We do a lot of walking in circles, figure eights, over poles, stopping, backing, one rein stops, stretching down, shortening-lengthening, turn on the haunches and fore-hand, some leg-yielding. We do about 5-10 minutes of trot work just doing circles and figure eights. I haven't asked for hardly any long and low work at the trot because he is still unsure of his surroundings (We have a lot of construction going on at the barn). We've done some cantering because he's over-reacted to forward aids and we just go with it. He is one of those rare few who is actually more balanced at the canter than the trot. He can be painfully lazy or very up and spooky.
To me, this is to be expected with 4 hours a month. Once the indoor arena is done, I'm hoping to get him training 5 days a week so we can start making more progress.
The question: Does he sound on par to you? What would expect from a horse ridden this frequency? For those of you have sent your horses to trainers.. what was their training schedule? I know this can vary greatly per horse so I'm just trying to get an average consensus. Most horses I've worked with in the past were 5 days a week for an average 3 months to get them up to approx second level movements or basic 30 day walk-trot- canter.