Always start in the walk. With a horse who has had a year off, I would start with 30 minutes of walk a day, every day. Gradually work to an hour and when she has had 7 days straight of 1 hour of walking every day, then add in 10 minutes of trot in 2 minute increments (ie 5 min wlk, 2 min trot, 5 walk, 2 trot, etc) every week (or 7 rides). When you are doing 30 mins trot per hour of riding, add in 5 mins in 1 min increments of canter per week (or 7 rides), maintaining 30 mins walk and the remainder trot. When you are doing 30 walk, 15 trot and 15 canter, add in poles, jumps (1 time a week max) and leg yields. This should take about 3 months to accomplish, more if you are not riding every day. At this point I would move to a normal riding program.
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