Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
Sometimes I forget that other people weren't Music Majors. In the instrumental world people are taught my a succession of teachers, and by the time that one enters college for a degree, the Professor find holes in your previous training. You are given exercises to fill in those holes, and you work hard to fix them. Further, you don't perform a piece until you have "spot practiced' the difficult passages perfect, and at tempo.
Now, to horse training. It is the same. You identified the holes in each horses training. Take each horse back to square one, and retrain for each problem as if you are training a green colt. Progress through, asking for perfection until he or she behaves the way that you want.
I would begin with ALL ground manners made PERFECT. This is what you do every day with your horse, and it should be pleasant for you and good enough to show off. Everyone that watches my 16'3hh gelding go around any gate and walk over to it, putting his head over and waiting until I release him, is impressed. Everyone who handles my mare's feet finds it a pleasure. ALL training is training to your horse.
Good luck, bc you have a summer's full of work ahead of you. =D