Especially when I go through periods where I am doing independent training rather than having my trainer help me (I try to have lesson 1x/week, but sometimes it just doesn't work out), I seem to do the same thing. Some sitting trot, some posting trot, perhaps a couple circles, taking the diagonal across the ring, some work with a relaxed neck, some trying to teach her to really get on the bit... I always enjoy my ride, and my horse gets an outstanding workout, but the routine has become awfully familiar when I'm training by myself.
I'm not a super experienced rider. You could consider me a beginner since I'm still learning a lot and have a long way to go, but not a beginner in the sense that I'm learning how to ride from scratch. Hopefully you understand what I mean. The point of me saying this is so you realize that I don't know that much about riding to the point where I know a lot of different exercises and things to do. This is why I could use your help.
If you could explain to me maybe some exercises I could do in the ring specifically that would help us add something to our routine, that'd be outstanding. I would really like my girl and I to get into dressage, but we need to work on the basics before we get into anything specific.
Thanks so much for your advice.