Originally Posted by MaggiStar
Is there any kind of different exercises for pole work I only ever done trotting poles in a straight line which gets very boring for both of us!
If she's bored why is she rushing?
Seems to me she needs to get a little more bored with the poles. If she's ok trotting a single pole on a straight line, try doing a series of trot poles, trotting them from an angle, different spacings, etc. ONLY when she can trot them calmly should you make it more challenging. Also remember, there should never be "flatwork time" and "jumping time". Do some flat work and trot a pole, if she gets quick keep doing flatwork. Then do another pole. When you're ready to jump do your flat work, jump ONE jump, then keep doing flatwork for a while. Teach her that just because she jumping doesn't mean she gets to ignore your aids. Just because you're jumping doesn't mean your flatwork goes out the window! Thinking about poles/jumps as an exercise that you incorporate into your flatwork.