This weeks exercise was extremely challenging to say the least. There was quite a mixed review regarding doing a flat work exercise or a jumping exercise, so I decided why not do one that benefits both! As Dante progressed through the exercise I could see a huge improvement so hopefully you all will see the… Continue reading August Monthly Exercise #3 – The Bend & Flex
Once you are happy with your approach to the flat poles, to challenge your horse more, start raising each pole up into raised poles, I started gradually with every second pole working toward the full row of poles all raised, (I kept them in sequence of right raised left raised the full way through the grid.
We've been doing quite a good bit of jumping recently, with both of us moving up in the heights, so it was great to do an exercise that made us focus on the more technical side of jumping for a change. This was a great exercise to get us working on tightening up those turns after a fence.
This exercise is good for a horse who anticipates there work. The different & tight turns will keep your horse thinking & stop them from guessing where they are going next, therefore they have to stop and listen to you & your aids.
Looking for a challenge? Well this month's exercise guarantees one!
Loop the Loop: a simple exercise that helps you work on suppleness, flying changes and your rhythm.
Have you ever found yourself short on poles? Well for this exercise, all you need is six poles and you can get straight to work.
Turning the flat square into four jumps is another option, it can be a great introduction to jumping your horse through big grids with a lot of bounces, also great for getting your horse to lift his legs...