Okay, so Indie is my new horse.. who is also a project horse, so I'm trying to do a great job with her. I do have my instructor's help, as well as experience with Major when he was quite green.. but I just want to know if I'm on the right track and if there's things I can add in to make the work more fun for Indie.
Her biggest issue today was staying at a walk while on the loose rein.. she'd try trotting off every few steps. When she did such, I'd simply bring her back and we'd keep walking.. then, once we got a loose-reined circle with no attempts at trotting, I'd ask for a trot and we'd trot a circle or two. Although her rhythm was quite off today.. so I focused more on quick transitions.
Towards the end, she was walking pretty calmly on the loose rein. I could feel her wanting to trot at times so I just half-halted and it seemed to work.
Also, she needs a bit of work on standing still.. both when I'm getting on and if I stop her to adjust something. I've always been taught to back them up when they walk forward. I knew it'd be an issue before I even got on, so I spent some time leading her around the ring and I asked for ten or so nice stops.. increasing the time each time. By the end of the session, she seemed much more patient about standing still while I was in the saddle.
I'm just wondering if there's anything I can do different for next time and if there's anything more fun I could do since I've decided we're going to work on her walk/trot before getting to the canter. I'm thinking of setting up a bunch of ground poles as well, I've been warming her up to the idea of going over them so I think that'd help with her strides and rhythm.