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    07-29-2014, 04:31 AM
Gymnastic Jumping Excersizes

I'm training my horse to jump. So far he can clear 60cm which might not sound like a lot to some but it's a huge achievement for us. I've been reading a lot about "gymnastic" jumping excersizes and how they can help coordinate a horse and get them thinking.
One that I've heard about goes like this: 4 trot poles to a two crossrail bouncers then one canter stride to an upright.
I'm yet to try it out but it sounds fun and challenging!
What are your thoughts on theses sort of excersizes and are there any you reccommend?
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    07-29-2014, 11:09 AM
I love gymnastics. Love them. They've doen so much good for me and my boy, Cowboy, it's remarkable. I absoloutely adore them.
It is important to keep in mind that gymnastic exercises will tire a horse out pretty quickly, though. That's a lot of work for them, so you have to make sure you're watching them to make sure you aren't over-exerting your horse.

I've done several variations. I'll list a few below.
pole>crossrail>vertical; one stride between each. Taken at trot and canter.
crossrail>crossrail(bounce)>one stride to vertical>two stride to oxer; taken at canter.

and of course, many more. Just be creative! Play around with different bounces, different striding, different types of jumps, anything. Gymnastics are super fun, enjoy them!
    07-30-2014, 06:47 PM
Grids are great for helping both horse and rider. Just please make sure to get the spacing right so you don't hurt your horse.

Bounce is 9'
One stride: (approx distances)

19" if you trotted in,
20' if you cantered in,
21' if you cantered in and the out is an oxer.

You need to play with the spacing a little to make sure your horse is not struggling to make the distance, but definitely try it. They are lots of fun.
    08-03-2014, 04:01 AM
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Grid work is excellent and some very complex grids can be set up as the horse advances.
Distances do need to be correct and can be shortened and lengthened to make the horse round more or stretch. The distances also need to vary depending on the height of the fences.

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