Originally Posted by tbcrazy
What types of riding skills are they working on? That'll help me narrow some things down...
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TB- I feel so rude for not responding to this post when you were being so generous with your willingness to help me out
I read it on my phone, and thought my response would be too long to type out away from the computer, and then forgot to come back!
At any rate, it seems like right now I'm working on rein aids with almost all of my riders. We set up lots of obstacle courses to practice halts, left turns, right turns, etc. I have some situations where the rider gets really excited about the activity in the obstacle course and throws the reins away completely; another who brings the reins up to shoulder level to halt; another learning left from right. So, the basics of steering are a big focus.
Another big skill that seems to be relevant to multiple riders is maintaining body position (not tucking forward, not flopping in the saddle) at the sitting trot. I have a quick little pony that I use with many of the smaller riders, and I fear he's not always ideal for riders that are not so strong in the trunk/core. But, for various reasons, I often do have to use him.
Would love to hear your tips! Also, I do talk through this with my mentor, I'm just always interested in collecting as many strategies as possible.