As I've just taken my share horse on full loan, I'm starting to attempt to school her properly (she's been quite well schooled at some point - it's just a case of reminding her). I've got an amazing trainer who already knows the horse well and teaches the way I want to ride (ie: If I'm doing everything right, she'll put it her head in the right place because she WANTS to). We currenty have a choice of a pelham and a dutch gag. I've already removed the flash and running martingale because she works better without them.
So without my trainer present, wearing the dutch gag it takes about 25-30 minutes to get her to start working properly, by which time, she's also starting to lather. Is it now just a case of keep working on getting her working and she'll get fitter, and as we do it more, we'll both start to catch on quicker? Or do I need to do something different?
With my trainer present, we use the pelham - she'll work better, sooner in the pelham, giving me time with my trainer to work on something other than warming up, but I'd like to get her working in a snaffle? Is using the pelham detrimental to this?
Lastly, once I've got her round, I've been doing a few minutes in trot, just to srengthen her because she hasn't been used to it - I'd now like to start putting in some actual work once she's there - but am kind of stuck for what to do. Once she's round she's soft and light in front and supple on both reins - that's what I wanted from her, so what else is there to work on?