So I once again must ask for a bit of advice re: young horse training.
I have a little arab mare, 4yo, that I got a few months back. She was halter broke and had been handled lots when she was a baby, so she was comfortable with people but hadn't been trained at all. Well, I let her get used to me for about a week, at her new home, just meeting her herd buddies and getting to know me. Then I started her training.
She was lunging really well in one day, then we learned to saddle, go through obstacle courses, and I was riding her in no time flat. She never offered to buck, rear or kick out. She stands perfectly still while mounting. She is very forward moving, she loves to go places and isn't in the tiniest bit lazy. On our third ride we cantered in circles and she immediately picked up the right lead and stayed on it. The first 10 minutes she learns something she can be a bit confused which is normal, but then she learns what you want and remembers it. We have been out on the trails and she's been great.
Now I'm at a bit of a crossroads. I have worked with lots of horses before, but never one that learns this quickly. We are currently working on rhythm and straightness (we do English), but I am a bit weary of moving on from there for now because she is so very green, I have only even had her for a few months. So I am kind of wondering how long we should stay at it until we move on to things like bending properly etc. The thing is, she is smart and I don't want to bore her. But she hasn't been working for long and even though we do lots of conditioning exercises, I don't want to over-face her for something she isn't ready for, and not physically conditioned for.
Any ideas/comments would be greatly appreciated!