It is cold this week. Most of my horses (lesson and boarders) live outside. I would still like to teach, so need a lesson plan that won't get the horse's too sweaty. Any ideas? I was thinking no stirrup work, but there is likely to be snow falling from the roof for the next while, so that may be a little risky.
While teaching in New Jersey I had the same dilemma considering i'm from California where we have the ability to work year round, a different lesson schedule was needed. My more advanced students did no stirrup work, my younger students who I really just needed to keep occupied would either work on pole exercises at the walk and trot as well as lateral work, turning on the haunches etc ...
Try teaching them to feel when the hind leg is off the ground at the walk. Surprisingly difficult to feel correctly.
You may find you have to tell them when the hind foot leaves the ground. I like to say "now" when the foot comes off the ground, that helps a lot. Make the rider say "now" when they think the leg of choice has left the ground, they'll be wrong almost the entire lesson! But once they get it, all sorts of things become possible.