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ground pole 9 feet in front of the first vertical, 11-12 feet between first vertical and second vertical (depends on your horse for the distance between the jumps) and than another 11-12 feet between second and third vertical, followed by another ground pole placed 9 feet after the gird.Approach at a controlled trot, apply aids for canter after the ground pole, canter steady through bounces, land inside the ground pole at the end of the grid and canter away balanced.
Improve the horses sharpness and techniqueI will post another in a few minutes. Do you do anything with jump fillers live liver pools, flower boxes etc? Have you done square, ascending, descending, triple, and hogs back oxers? Have you done any narrow fences or jumps on an angle? I'm just trying to get an idea of what you have done so I can suggest things a little better. Also are you looking for just your grid work or would exercises involving turns to other jumps be of interest to you?
Improve the horses athleticism
Encourage elasticity in both horse and rider
Ensures rider's independence of balance
Establishes rhythm and consistent pace.
Make a steep cross rail so that the top V of the cross rail is reasonably high and narrow. Make this an oxer by placing a vertical behind the cross rail at a little lower than the V made by the cross rail. The width of this oxer will depend on horse and rider comfort.Ride this jump at a forward canter. The horse will need to lift his knees and shoulders more at first by the narrow cross rail, then will need to bring the forearm forward to clear the spread. On landing, canter away forward and regain momentum if any was lost. Prepare for a larger jump by giving a large release.
Improve the horses jumping technique, particularly in the hind legs, but also in the neck, back, shoulders, and knees.
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Construct a single vertical with a ground pole on both sides of the jump in the center of your riding space, at equal distance from both ends of the arena.This exercise is a figure 8 over the vertical and will require focus from the rider to plan for the turn back to the jump. The jump can be made from an angle, but can also be ridden straight (space permitting) Ride this at the canter, and maintain the canter throughout the exercise. Aim for flying changes over the jump, but if the lead change is missed, do not try and fix the lead, but remain in the canter. Jump the jump in the figure 8 a few times to gain a feel for the turns etc. Once comfortable, approach the jump and count aloud, "one" at one stride in front of the jump. As you return to the jump, count the two strides in front of the jump, and continue to count from there. (third time over the jump count the three strides before, and fourth count the four strides) until you are counting the entire figure 8, turns included. This exercise is one best done over a few rides if the rider is unable to count strides larger than three strides before the jump.
Establish a balanced rhythm
Educate the rider to evaluate distance
Promote readability and control.
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