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post #1 of 5 Old 10-31-2013, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Flatwork Exercises??

OK, me and Pippa do loads of jumping, and we really need to do more flatwork, but it's so boring, I think Pippa finds it boring too!! Anyone got any good exercises that we could do to make it more fun?? Thanks so much:*
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-31-2013, 04:56 PM
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Do you do Jumpers? Hunters? Eq? Do you know any Dressage?

To keep it interesting for the horse, make sure they are focused on you and alert. Don't let them "die". You can do this with lots of transitions, bending and counter bending, circles, changes of direction, serpentines, figure eights, etcetera.

You can also purchase books that have various exercises, and you can work on perfecting those.

I rather like flatwork--it keeps me polished for when I jump.

EDIT-To keep it interesting for yourself, and to strengthen your riding, do no stirrup work, sitting trot, two-points, etcetera.

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post #3 of 5 Old 10-31-2013, 05:01 PM
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that's kind of like saying "I eat loads of meat, I get bored of veggies"

Jumping is hard on the joints. Even very competitive jumpers I know only jump once a week or so, the rest being flatwork that helps to improve strength, fitness, communication and control. Flat work is very boring, if all your doing is riding in circles. If you are focusing on something specific its much less boring.

does your horse have a soft mouth? good stop? nice back up? How are the transitions up and down? does she work off seat and legs, or just reins? How are your turns? does she stay in the gait you put her in until you ask for a transition, or does she constantly try to increase or decrease speed? Is she working off the forehand or properly from behind? These and other questions can help pin point what you need to work on, and thus what exercises would be useful.

how is your riding? do you have a great seat, or does it need work? soft hands? good posture? are your legs where they are supposed to be, heels down?
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Do something every 8 strides. Every 8 strides, change gait, tempo or movement. Not 7 strides, not 9, every 8 strides. Takes a ton of focus and will reveal any holes in your training.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-31-2013, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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OK!! Thanks for the ideas everyone!!
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