How to answer "what have you been working on?"
I have a friend who is the type who requires specific exercises to work her horses on, and she regularly asks me "What did you work on today?" Non-dressage friends ask similar questions.
I have no idea how to answer in a way which seems to satisfy them.
I work on improving his balance and strength all the time. Beyond that, I do whatever he needs that day. Sometimes that means he's gravitating toward too much tension in attempts to collect and I only do working gaits and stretchy gaits. Sometimes that means I do a lot of lateral work, or many transitions. But I don't try to teach exercises or teach movements - I try to teach balance and carriage. The fact we're getting good half passes now isn't because I'm working on them - but because they are part of the playing I do asking him to be adjustable and do what I want while carrying himself, therefore they are simply there.
Has anyone figured out how to explain? And not in a snotty manner - it's someone who is legitimately interested and asking, no condescension or snottiness from the questioner.