1- Walk your horse for a full 10 minutes on a loose rein.
2- With light contact warm up your horse in a trot and canter.
3- Shorten your reins for full contact and today's exercise will be working on trot to halt and to trot transitions. You want to feel as though the energy is captured in the transition to help you power out of it. The halt is not a break or rest, it is part of the movement. You need to remain fully focused through the entire transition. Ride the horse forward into the trot, expecting a crisp response out of the halt. Think about saying to your horse "Trot on!" and expect a more impressive response not a sluggish one. If you hesitate or you are wishy-washy, your horse will hesitate or be wishy-washy. His focus will only match your focus.
4- Pattern for this week:
a) Trot half way down the longside and halt.
b) 3/4 turn on the haunches to the right.
c) Right lead canter to X.
d) Canter large circle at speed.
e) Halt at X.
f) 360 degree turn on the haunches to left.
g) Canter left lead medium paced canter circle back to X.
h) Canter to long side and turn left, transition to trot and halt.
5- Finish your horse with a three minute long trot.
6- Enjoy a nice walk around the yard, get him out of the ring.