That was the focus of last weeks lesson at the riding school. This time I was signed up for Tyson, who was shorter than the horses they have been putting me on so far at I would say around 15hh, but very, VERY wide (dude's feet were the size of my head). He was super duper cute though and I was informed he was also trained up to medium dressage but warned he could be lazy. The first job was to get him awake and responding, which took a lot of transitions and a knowledge (for him) that I had a whip lol! Once I had him responsive it was all about working on transitions within the gate, rather than just accepting the first walk/trot/canter he offered I had to ask him for more. And then some more. Then less. But then more again.
It was a really good lesson, I'm very much enjoying getting to ride different horses after so many years of just riding horses I know super well. I'm also very much enjoying having more regular lessons this year, I feel like I'm actually starting to make some little improvements in the way I ride, long may it continue!