What do you do to get your showmanship pattern crisp?
I started doing showmanship with April a couple of month ago. We have the raw basics down but I just want everything to flow and look nice and natural and be more able to hold our own in the show pen.
April is really good about setting up- I turn by body and toes to her and she will set-up 90% of the time without me pushing on the chain (we have shown halter for three years).
Trotting out is a bit sloppy- She is a bit laggy when I ask her to go
Stopping- once I get her in the trot and ask to stop she will typically stop reight with me but she loves to throw her nose out, she also does this while riding and would like to know an effective way to stop it
Pivot- I can get her to pivot but once I get close to the 270 degree I really have to help hold her otherwise she falls apart. I am still trying to figure out where my body position will work best for her. If I get too ahead of her head she backs out of it and if I am too far back she goes forward. I know her troubles with sticking it everytime has a lot to do with operator error
Backing- when I turn my body and look straight back she will back about 3 steps and after that I have to get after her
I welcome any help thanks a ton in advance