Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Central Hill Country Texas
Since no one here has ever seen you ride and you didn't mention anything you were working on, it is kind of hard for them to give you an "exercise" to improve an unknown.
My instructor is a firm believer in circles.... LOTS of circles. Big ones, small ones, spirals inside out, outside in, figure 8's, clover leafs, serpentines with different transitions and movement on the strait away middle, all while maintaining and improving lightness and softness in the rider and the horse.
We work consistency of balance, timing and cues. You can use circles no matter what level you are riding and adapt them to include things you are working on in lessons.
Riding Trails in and of itself is an "exercise" to improve riding as it adds an element of unpredictability that is why I like it. It is a time to take what I have learned in the arena and apply it to practical use such as doing a side pass to open and close a gate, or having to pivot on a narrow trail or tight space to turn around.
“You spend your whole life with horses and just about the time you think you have them figured out, a horse comes along that tells you otherwise.” –quote from my very wizened trainer