Originally Posted by Sweatie Petey
I have been riding for 11+ years. And jumping maybe 5? Thank you!! He does flat really nice! He learns so fast!
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hee hee, guess you're good to go in the jumping department. Okay, more exercises. After you have forward, forward, forward in his head, add in forward/back or rather open stride/collect stride. My favorite exercise is, set up a low square oxer on one long side and a 9' low bounce on the other. Hand gallop the oxer and then collect the canter to do the bounce. It's an exercise of extremes, 2-point galloping position to the oxer and dressage quality canter to the bounce. If you don't have the necessary pace for the next obstacle, use the open ends to make a circle or two to get the quality of the canter you need. You don't want to approach either obstacle in the wrong canter or kiss his confidence goodbye. This exercise will also expose what lights him up. If you find he is calm and relaxed after doing those extremes, you have a good eventer on your hands.
I've got other ones, but am supposed to be working now, so more later.