Can't say that I really have a set routine...but usually I will start with some groundwork to warm my girl up, then get on do some walk and trot work, some canter work, and work some circles, eights, etc...I will normally 'end' a ride with a bit of trail riding. I usually lead her to the local fair ground to do our main chunk of our work, as there is a round pen, and several arenas to choose from and some nice horse paths to ride on there. I wish there were some trot poles and what not at the place I ride, but there are some barrels and cones, so I usually will set some of those up and work different random patterns. My mare is mainly working on balance, transitions, and remaining calm and relaxed throughout the ride. When my trailer gets new tires, I will take her to some of the trail heads and do some serious trail riding. However, due to the fact that we live in a rather inhabited area, she is getting tons of experience riding in lots of traffic, conquering underpasses, and noisy bridges, etc...so I can't complain about that either.
We're doing a lot of the same things (not the riding to the fair ground things) like remaining calm and working on his balance to correct his cross cantering. So far he's managed to stop crossing in one direction and only crosses in the other when he gets a little too ahead of himself.
I wish I could do some trails, we have a few good ones close by and if the barn wasn't on a main road I would walk him there but as the cars tend to travel at 60-70 on this particular road I can't see them being concerned about slowing down for a horse .
Do you do any dressage training with him? Things like leg yield, shoulder-fore, haunches-in, etc all are extremely useful for getting a horse to focus and all can be done at walk and trot. While jumping is fun, I'm equally addicted to dressage since it has so much to offer.
I started doing leg yield with him, and he is very good at turn on the forehand, we got a little muddled with leg yield and I got advice from a few people on here about it. Unfortunately last week his hips started to play up again so I am currently not riding him and waiting on the chiropractor.
I was thinking of introducing him to long lines and seeing if I could introduce some lateral work on the lines, which we could work on in the times when his hips aren't so good. I used to take dressage lessons and would really like to do more of it with him.
I don't jump. I've never had any jumping lessons and I don't think it's sensible for me to get on a horse that has never had a rider on him while he jumps and attempt to jump. He jumps. Loves to jump, gets really excited and throws himself around when he clears the jumps.