I've always seemed to have the issue of slow horses for lessons. My personal pony, Juliet is almost the polar opposite. She's lazy at the walk, but will speed it up if you really ask. However, I can usually never get a decent trot out of her, it's always really fast and I try to half-halt and slow her but it doesn't work. She's the same at the canter and will break into a gallop if you don't half-halt about halfway across the arena. I want to start showing her but I know I need to slow her down some before I can compete in hunters. Any exercise, tips, advice on doing so?
Which brings me to my next point. Juliet use to do 4h shows (or so I was told.) but I board at a very small facility. I was the only one who really ever does much riding, I can count the times I've had to share the arena on one hand in two, almost 3 years. So, I'm not really sure how well she would do in a ring with 15 other horses. I take lessons 2x a week at the barn next door so I can ride in a group. I was wondering how I could get her more into working with a larger group. (I'm the only one who rides except for the amazing show jumper but, I'd rather stay out of her and her 17hh mare's way while they're jumping 4'6 and I'm doing groundwork on my 13.3hh pony.).
Also, may I mention that Juliet is afraid of her own shadow. I have tried despooking her and it doesn't work. I have had this horse almost gallop over a cliff because a clearly visible bunny scared her. So advice on helping her get over her fear of everything would also be nice!