Originally Posted by sempre_cantando
I ask for a trot, she collects for me and goes nicely. Then I'm like... ok she's going nicely... what now? Lol !
Your problem is you are not thinking ahead. On a typical ride (and I am not even working the horse for a show) would be like this.
Initial walk for approx 5 min which includes bending and flexing with shoulder in to left and right and half pass left and right to ensudre he is listening to me.
Start posting trot to the right followed by 1 or 2 12 M circles, diagonal change with circle or two to the left. Walk and re-focus horse on me and initiate sit trot. During sit trot shoulder in for 6-8 steps and convert to renvers. Revert back to shoulder in and lengthen to other side of the arena, half turn and travers the other long side and convert to shoulder in push to medium trot for 6 steps and halt. Walk with half pirouette with leg yield straighten and ask for canter. After a couple circles then through diagonal with simple change through walk and initiate new canter with a few circles . Cross diagonal with flying change and another flying change through next diagonal. Along straight way 2-4 tempis on the third or forth stride followed by halt. Ask for counter canter around arena, cross diagonal and flying change to do counter canter on other leg maintaining counter canter around arena.
Now that I have him warmed up I may add piaffe, passage or work on collected trot or collected canter.
Boring...depends on what you call boring.