I have a four year old horse I am working with. He is a pretty level headed guy and awesome on the trail. In the ring, he sort of looses his interest. This is a problem because he needs some butt muscles. He is a bit odd in the hind end. He has had tests, neurological examinations all of which were negative/normal. The vet feels that if he could build up butt muscles he would have a better chance and being more normal in his movement. He is a horse that I am building up in the hopes of finding him a nice pleasure/trail horse home. There is no real rush because clearly he is a "special" boy.
I don't expect him to do dressage or light up the hunter jumper world. I think it would totally within his abilities to be a first horse for a pleasure trail rider. He failed at the harness track and is very "in your pocket". He can also have the smoothest trot I have ever ridden (we are encouraging this movement) As a harness horse, he is learning to regulate his trot (fast and slow) and how to do a corner without acting like you have a cart behind you.
My trouble is I am a trail rider. Its been about ten years since I attempted dressage (most of that's been forgotten). Ringwork is where most of this horses muscle build up will occur and I need advice. I have done some serpentines, circles and some cross rail stuff. I just need other ideas to target these specific areas. How long do you work a horse in each exercise? So, what do you do when you are bringing your horses back into condition or trying to build a horse into muscle?