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post #1 of 3 Old 02-23-2011, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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Exercises for even knees

Lately me and my thoroughbred have been doing 10 times better at staying consistent when approaching jumps. Now I would like to work on getting him to have even and tight knees?

Any suggested exercises? Especially for on the flat that could help since I am not allowed to jump without my trainer?
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post #2 of 3 Old 02-23-2011, 09:15 PM
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I'm no expert, but I think square knees are the result of the horse using his hind end well. (that and a balanced rider) Challenge him with bounces. First set them up at the standard 9' apart. Once he's good at those, bring them down to 8.5', then 8'. Keep them low. The idea is just to get him to compress his frame and really get those back legs up under him.

Also, square oxers work too. Really concentrate on getting him to the base of the jump so he has to make a nice round jump to get over it.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #3 of 3 Old 02-24-2011, 05:49 PM
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Improving a horse's jump without jumping is rather difficult.....

The best you can do is to get your horse to be balanced, athletic, and fit so he can use his body as effectively as possible. I'd use lots of poles (esp elevated ones), lateral exercises, etc. Just like Myboypuck said, when you do jump I'd do gymnastics, and lots of them. Particularly bounces.
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