I haven't ridden her with a crop as of yet, but I could. I was starting to think of trying either a crop or dressage whip to kind of help me out. I'm thinking pushing her from the inside is definitely going to be our best bet, since pulling on the outside is only giving me crazy-off-balance-what-on-earth-are-you-doing mode...Can we get another ew, lol
There aren't any open fields available around where we are unfortunately..we have sort of limited space at the moment. But I do try to keep things mixed up as much as I can, I'd say maybe 50% of our riding is in the arena and the other 50% is going around the property, doing obstacles (the BO keeps a designated area regularly rotated with different obstacles), whatever else I can find for us. I'm trying to sort out a way to do some actual trail riding with her again (like Wallaby, it used to be all we had too!) but at the moment there's no way...
When we work in the arena I generally mix it up between going around on the fenceline, doing circles, working on speed control and gait transitions, doing serpentines, picking random points to head to, working on our spins, stops, backups, etc, running barrels or poles, whatever else. I try to keep things interesting for her and she seems to be focused and interested for the most part. If anything I might avoid the basic going round the fenceline too much when we're loping more than I should because I'm at such a loss at this point, hah
One thing I started trying today to sort of trick her into reaching the fenceline in the spots she avoids it was that I'd have her go around normally then have her do small circles in those areas, where she'd have to get in close to it as part of the circle. She was a little confused and fought it at first, but did one nicely in one of her worst spots, so I quit her there. I'm hoping this will kind of help her get the idea, what do you guys think?
The thing I think throws me off the most is that it is always the same few spots, she goes around perfectly (most of the time) around most of the arena but these particular spots send her headed straight across the arena, and she majorly cuts the corners on one end of the arena but not the other.