04-06-2011, 06:23 PM
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Any exercise that helps you feel your balance (or unbalance) while riding helps once in a while. If they already have a good seat and if they are riding a safe horse(on the lunge), then do this: tie the reins, take away the stirrups and get them to close their eyes. Then you can feel the horse.
Ideas for dressage: lateral work, collection, extension, changes in headset, flying changes, stopping(always good to work on that), transitions, controlling which leads they pick up(go down the center line and ask for a certain lead).
For jumping: Grids-e.g. 2 stride, 1 stride, bounce, 1 stride, 2 stride, bounce. Many people only do grids where the distances get smaller but changing it up or doing it opposite is also very beneficial. You could also do: 1 short stride(20 ft), 1 normal stride(24 ft), 1 long stride(26-28ft). That teaches the horse to really push from behind and have to lift up and also really helps the rider ride different differences. It's for an advanced horse and rider though. The distances I put in are the distances between jumps.
Some jumping exercises: