As some of you may know I have a 3 year old gelding whom im starting under saddle. He was pulled from a kill pen this spring and I have no idea what he knows (but we are finding out quite a bit!). We have been ridding daily unless the weather is bad. We do about 10 minutes of lounge work and then ride for about 1/2 hour. We are only doing walk trot work, transistions, bending, and getting to know eachother. Eventually he will be a trail horse and small local shows. He is going great. Flex's well when he bends and all. I can get him to whoa by saying whoa and breathing out. He really is in tune to me. I think he is getting bored with the work though. Can you give us some ideas to spice it up a little? I do a lot of turns, we are working on neck reining which he is defently getting. Also, any tips on getting him to back? On the ground he backs by voice command. In the saddle he wont, I can pull back and he will back a step or two but he doesnt like it. We have a round ring (im guessing 80-90 ft around, its much bigger then my round pen) and a small pasture with some trees and obsitcles in it we ride in.