1- 10 minute walk on long rein.
2- Trot and canter warm up with light contact.
3- We will follow up a complicated exercise with a simple one. Often I like to alternate the intensity of work day to day. For today's challenge get your horse familiar with the voice command whoa. It is very simple to do. When you want the horse to whoa from voice, always start with the voice command, then follow up with the normal aids. If you are consistent the horse will start to associate and respond to the voice, reward him. This is a very simple exercise and is very valuable. For example: riding into a tight and short line and you need extra help to fit it in, you can simply add a little whoa in the line and it works if the horse is well versed in it. AND you did not have to pull on the reins! Work on this today until he starts to respond from the voice, from walk/halt, trot/halt and canter/halt.
4- Pattern Work:
a. Trot a quarter of the way down the centerline.
b. Pick up right lead canter and turn right at X.
c. Walk to wall and turn on haunches to right 360 degrees. Then turn on haunches to left 180 degrees.
d. Canter left lead to X and circle left in medium canter.
e. Simple change at X and canter right circle at extended canter.
f. Simple change at X, canter to wall and turn left.
g. Extended trot to corner and Halt (use your voice)
h. Back a couple of steps.
5- 3 minute long trot.
6- Finish with walk around yard.