Just got a new horse.
Okay, so I just got a new haflinger mare who is 3 years old. Sher's as sweet as could be on the ground and she was at a steal of a price. We were at an auction and we were told she was broke [I assumed green since she was 3] but she handled herself VERY nicely in the ring in front of a huge crowd, walking, backing, stopping and whatnot without any problems. So I got her home and gave her a bit of time to settle in and then I started working with her. I started with just a saddle pad, then moved onto a bag of feed, then onto me putting weight on her back, then me on her back. I rode bareback because I didn't have a saddle where were keeping her yet and she didnt mind at all.
She listened very well to cues, but if I asked her to trot she would either stop or pretend like she was going to either buck or rear, though she didn't. There's no medical problems and she is just fine at all gaits when I lunge her around the round pen.
My only problem is I'm not quite sure how to get her to trot. I'm in no rush and I have until next summer to get her where I want her. My plan is to take my crop out there and lightly tap her on her rear for encouragement. Are there any beter ways to do this?