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post #11 of 14 Old 02-26-2013, 12:12 AM
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I've been doing basic gymnastic exercises with my very green mare with great success.

They can be as simple as poles on the ground.
The main exercise I've been working on with Ella is 3 trot poles a small jump then 4 strides on a corner to another small jump.

For my experienced rushy jumper i had 2 trot poles 2 ~30cm (1 crate) jumps then a canter bounce to a 2 crate jump, land canter a 20m circle over a pole then back to trot.

gymnastics are designed to make the horse think; of course they need to suit the horses abilities but poles on the ground in odd patterns are something most horses can handle.
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post #12 of 14 Old 02-26-2013, 07:58 AM
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i do an exercise all the time with just poles to help my mare be adjustable. sometimes i do it 3-4 rides per week.

set up 3 poles in a straight line, each pole 45 feet apart. first trot through them focusing on balance. then canter in making 4 strides between each pole. if she is running through you, halt in the middle, they are just poles so you can even halt over the top of them. the key is to not be hanging on the horse. it may be hard at first bc 45 ft is a short 3stride. as soon as she lands off of a pole say whoa really loud with your thigh and hand -dont literally say it! you want to make sure you are in a place where you can put your leg on in front of the pole or jump so its important to half halt early.

once you master cantering through in 4 strides to 4 strides, you can start doing 3 strides to 3 strides. once you master that, you can start making the middle pole a jump.

i hope this helps, it improves my horses adjustability a lot, hopefully i explained it well enough that you understand it, let me know if you have any questions !

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post #13 of 14 Old 02-26-2013, 10:46 AM
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Doing grid work will help.

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post #14 of 14 Old 02-26-2013, 09:22 PM
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As has been said before.... trot poles and grids. :)

Worked wonders on my gelding. He used to like impersonating a Harrier Jump Jet and you would almost need a stop motion camera to watch him jump... Now he does not rush as much, is taking more responsibility with his jumping and seems to be enjoying it a lot more that before - if that is even possible. As am I!
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