Today was officially my first day of leasing Dakota! This is my first time ever leasing a horse, and it means I'll get to ride him 2 other times a week other than in my lesson. I'm not allowed to jump him outside of my lesson, so I'm going to really work on improving our flatwork and I thought you dressage riders might have some suggestions. :)
Dakota's a lesson horse, so he doesn't really know how to do anything fancy, and neither do I. But I thought I might be able to do some simple exercises in our flatwork sessions. I've already thought of circles, serpentines, and lead changes, but I can't think of anything else. If anybody knows some basic exercises like those that would help him or me or both, I'd love to hear them!
I've never really done this before, usually in my lessons the jumping is stressed and the flatwork is more like a "warmup." But, now that I'm leasing, I figure I might as well dive in! :P