I have never been an arena rider, normally I do all my training on the trail. However where I am working I am riding three 2yo's who have about 69 days training now. We aren't allowed out of the arena on our own, so im stuck ha ha! We have a big campdraft arena, and we have a few trot poles, bending poles, barrels and cones.
The horses can all walk/trot/canter/gallop, stop, and all at various stages of back up, side pass, leg yield, rollbacks, and working in frame. They can all go on a loose rein and only one is struggling with her right lead.
I'm after some exercises or games I can do with them that will keep them and myself interested! I have set up some mountd games and have been playing with that, as well as cruising through the barrel pattern.
They will end up as mustering horses ridden by varied riders, so anything that helps with tolerance, braveness, agility etc. would be fantastic!