So, I don't really get to ride too often with the snow and what not...but, the time I have ridden (since my last post-look for "Western Pleasure??") I've been working solely with split reins, and doing a lot of smaller circles, mainly to focus on her headset. Well, the bending is going phenomenal! Head set is just where it should be...give or take. But her lope is crazy unless I'm holding her...she's getting the hang of it and what not but still, my arms hurt after riding and she's breathing like a lunatic. I haven't had time to call the trainer yet but we're getting on that..
It could just be that we're riding in nearly 6 inches of snow that she feels the need to speed it up a bit...but once she gets tired she lopes real nice so I figure, since she wants to canter, push her into a canter, make her keep that canter for a bit and then eventually ask for the lope, she picks up a canter...keep cantering!