Originally Posted by apc11196
On those days where you don't have a lesson and aren't jumping, what is the specific routing you and your horse accomplish? Do you enjoy dozens of round circles, or are you more of a shortening/lengthening type of gal? Do you like to do work with trotting grids and cavaletties, or do you prefer working on transitions?
My warm ups start off with a lot of walking, circles. The walk is an extremely important part of the warm up, probably more so than any of the other gaits. I always make sure my riding routine involves some lateral work as well. Its a great way to working on the horse moving off your leg, become more supple.
What I do after that all depends on what my riding goal for that day or what I have been working on all week. Sometimes it's working on lengthening and sometimes it's collections. Sometimes it's been working on the basics of having good upward and downward transitions.
Then there is also me as a rider. You should always have lots of rides where you focus on your riding and what you part of it you need to strengthen (your seat, leg etc).
I don't that I ever stuck to one particular riding routine because your horse's ride can be affected by so much.