I wasn't even working on this-- but today Jax half-passed at the trot!!!
He was giving me his little "can't I go back to western pleasure?" trot and I just decided to ask for lateral movement-- and he gave it to me! Best of all is the moment his butt fell out, I just gave him a little tap with my heel and he straightened right back up. Even better-- I caught it on crappy quality video and could totally see him listening to me!
Anyway, as an entry-level dressage baby, I have been working a lot on keeping my arms and hands under control and that's been going very well. For Jax, he was consistently picking up his wrong lead when I asked for left, so our trainer had us doing lots of exercises... turns out, after a chiro appointment and a week off (I was out of town for a conference), he hasn't picked up the wrong lead once in the 3 rides I've had since. That's a relief!
Mostly wanted to happy dance about the half pass today.
Nothing is better than comparing a current video to one three months ago and seeing the progress in you and your horse.
I want to start working on flying lead changes. I know that Jax can do them (will happily oblige when we're out on the trail), but I haven't introduced them yet in the arena since we had that little left lead hurdle. I still feel that I have a lot of preparation work to do first. Looking forward to more progress!