My filly is two, so we do 95 percent groundwork and 5 percent backing - I don't say riding because all I am doing at this point is getting on her, asking her to give laterally and vertically, ask her to walk off and then use my body, seat and legs to guide her around cones. We then whoa, back a few steps, then I get off - and that takes about ten minutes.
My groundwork I mix up - a few days a week we ground drive, practicing going over poles, backing, turning both ways and moving at the walk, jog and canter.
A few days a week we work at bitting up on the lunge ... she always wears her bridle that has a french link snaffle, but on these days I thread the reins through a training fork and let the fork apply a little pressure - then we walk, trot, and canter using a 50 foot lunge with me walking alongside so the circles are very large - I work on a lot of transitions, walk to trot, trot to canter, canter to walk - she is getting much better on her voice cues, which will help immensely when we progress to undersaddle work next year.
I started ponying her on the road today, and will include this in our weekly sessions as often as weather allows- it lets her experience new things and my pony mare, Whiskey, is pretty level headed so good associations there.
And I always do at least 5 minutes of showmanship, sometimes up to 10 minutes, working on correct pivots and improving her set up time.
There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. - Nelson Mandela