In the winter the ground gets so hard that we can only ride out after the snow melts and softens the ground. We are working on trail rides, but for her- she gets scared and nervous on the trail. I was able to go half way around our hacking field with no spooking/bolting/rearing/bucking/spinning a few days ago which is a HUGE accomplishment. I have tried trot poles, but she jumps them. I had 3 set out and she jumped 12' wide over the poles. We've been working on it, but I'm not seeing a ton of improvement.
Starting 2 weeks ago, I've jumped her almost every other time I ride because she really loves it, and it helps get her out of the racing mentality. Some days it's like she has it locked in her brain that she is just supposed to run. If we jump it's like "Oh, we don't do this at the track" and she settles down. I don't jump big courses for hours, just little stuff that helps with her flatting.
Corporal- We almost have a 100% success rate with the right lead, but she still has a tough time sometimes. I don't really want to re-enforce the left lead going right untill I'm completely sure she will pick up the right lead every time I ask. She also does flying changes, so it's not like we could go across the diagonal.
I will try collected/extended and the half passes tomorrow when I ride. Any tips on turn on the haunches? She will happily move her butt, but not her shoulders (not even on the ground). I will also keep trying long lines of trot poles, so she can't jump them all (although she is usually doing bounces by the end of the line). Funny thing is, she does trot poles if I rin with her on the ground, but not when I'm riding.
Soon I will be able to take her corss country schooling and showing, so maybe that will help. Thanks for the ideas :)