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post #1 of 4 Old 02-09-2014, 03:25 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry, Yes I'm an idiot....Grid Work?

So (I don't care if she reads this and is offended) my first trainer was, well, not the greatest. While she did help me with some confidence issues with my horse, I still don't have a lot of what I would consider the "foundation" of riding instruction. We worked on flat work for a while, then started on crossrails (I really want to jump and do eventing!!......eventually, lol). I have no idea what "grid work" is, but when I look up things to read regarding troubles I have with my horse or with my own riding and confidence over (very small) fences, people say to do grid work. Can someone please explain this for me, as if you're explaining it to a child (haha) so that I can understand? And don't worry, I have a new, very competent trainer, but for now I'm watching her give other people lessons because I have just gone through a divorce and am getting on my feet money-wise before I can dive back in. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
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post #2 of 4 Old 02-09-2014, 05:44 AM
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Grid work is riding over a straight line of jumps, usually 3 to 5 (sometimes more), set up in a way that often helps the horse become more attentive and smart with his legs. It is also good for the rider as it is in essence like a shoot of jumps that you ride down. You don't have to worry so much about steering or seeing the distance as you would for individual jumps as the line is set up to progress and flow nicely. Grids are often trot in, so you have to worry even less about getting the correct striding going in, and you can set up trotting poles before to get your horse thinking about lifting his feet. They are also usually progressive if they're trot in. Meaning that the distances start off on a smaller stride, and gets progressively longer, since the horse takes the first jump at a trot, not a normal 12 foot canter stride.
An example of an easy grid is 3 trot poles, space, small X to a one stride to a vertical, and a one stride to an oxer. Another example might be trot in, 3 jumps on bounce distances, one stride, vertical, one stride, 2 bounces, one stride, oxar.

If you google "jumping grid distances" you get a lot of examples.
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post #3 of 4 Old 02-09-2014, 06:28 AM
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Here are a couple of videos of me and my tb (who rushes jumps) having a go at gridwork
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Thanks guys :)
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