Advice on having a nice coat? And best shampoo brands?
sorry I meant Tumeric *
What do you think about using spurs?
When needed and used CORRECTLY they are a great tool for backing up your leg and sharpening your aids! I wouldn't use them all the time but for a lazy horse that lacks motivation a quick brush up over a few rides is beneficial.
What are some fun things to do during an only flat ride? Like different patterns or good things to work on with your horse?
Get them moving away from your leg (e.g.. turn on the forehand, leg yield). With the leg yield start by teaching it at the halt and when they understand and can carry out the movement capably try it at the walk and so on. A variety of smaller 10m circles to bigger 20m circles is good for getting the horse to use their body correctly and bring their hind leg underneath themselves, it also helps with bend and suppleness. Make sure you do heaps of transitions and changes of rein so they are listening for what is coming next and focus on you. If you want you could also add some pole work (ie. poles on a circle, poles in a line with a larger trot stride in between them and then another line of poles with shorter strides to make your horse and you think and work to shorten and lengthen your stride/collect up and push out.
How to get rid of your horses bad habits?? Such as pawing and being pushy all up in your space and nipping!!?
In terms of them being pushy and in your face 15 minutes ground work each day works quite well! Basically getting them to respect you and back up when you ask, stay unmoving until you ask otherwise, and rewarding them and asking them to come forward to you when they do this well. Moving their quarters away is good for getting them to focus on you and listen also.
Tips for having a stronger lower leg?
riding with the inside of your thigh helps a lot and when you do it right you'll feel it! Generally when you are told to 'close your leg' they mean your inner thigh! Using your core to slow the horse down and support your leg is also quite effective for rider strength overall too and again you can feel it when you do it right! making sure your leg isn't too far forward will also make it easier for you to apply leg and stay balanced :)