Hello! I'm new here
I've got a three and a half year old quarter horse mix gelding, who is eventually supposed to be my trail horse.
We've been working with him for about a year (I know, I know, 2 and 1/2 is too young to start riding a horse...)
But all of his training up until now has been very light. We started with just light round pen work, tacking up, messing with feet, introducing scary objets (we have yet to find one that phases him), etc.
We started ponying him on trail rides and eventually, the next step was to get on him.
Since then, he has learned to walk and trot short distances with a rider (never canter), back up, respond to leg pressure, and is starting to understand neck reigning.
He has been an absolute dream to work with, he is so sweet and respectful and smart.
I have trained one other horse in my lifetime, but his training was very basic at best. I never used him for more than trail riding. I would really like to take this horse farther than my last one...
I used to show in english and western, but I always had horses that new how to do things. I just had to learn the commands. This little guy is no show horse, but I would really like to discipline him as one.
I guess my question is, what should I teach him next? And how?
He is so smart and loves learning new things, and I need a few beneficial training drills that we can play with since he is still too young to do any serious stuff. Anything beyond neck reigning and backing up would be great