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MicKey73 02-19-2012 11:00 PM

Order of advancement in grid work
Hi all, I am introducing my horse to single stride grid work, and wondered in what order I should be making it more challenging. By this I mean do I add height or number of jumps first? We did three single stride cross rails today, and I don't know if I should move forward with say, 5 sets of poles on the ground, or keep the 3 sets of jumps and make one a small vertical then another, etc? Sorry if that is confusing or I'm using the wrong terms. :oops: What have you all been taught?

MicKey73 02-20-2012 11:22 AM

bump bump

ElaineLighten 02-20-2012 12:24 PM

I don't know much, because I haven't started gridwork yet, but have a jumping exercise book and have looked things up on youtube. I think as long asyou've got your distances right, it's not massively important what order the poles and jumps are in, I've just noticed that the highest jumps are saved for last. So you could do (just and example):
3 trot poles - cross bar - 1 canter stride to vertical - 1 canter stride to oxer

MyBoyPuck 02-21-2012 12:23 AM

I'm not sure it matters. I would think you'd start with lowest and work up to highest which automatically adds more things to jump as you increase the height down the line.

Start with something like 4 trot poles to a cross rail. Then add a vertical 18' from that and then an oxer 21' from that.

If that one gets boring, do ground pole 9' to vertical, 9' pole, 9' vertical so you're basically bouncing down the line.

Another fun one is 4 or 5 cross rails in a row spaced 9' apart each.

As long as it keeps your horse interested, any combination should help his form.

MicKey73 02-21-2012 12:43 AM

Ok thanks! I'm doing a lot of his jumping training myself and really want to make sure I'm not overfacing him. Maybe I'm UNDERfacing him and being too cautious! :-O
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LoveTheSaddlebreds 02-21-2012 12:50 PM

If I were you, I'd introduce more jumps and complex maneuvers before you raise the height. That way, before you make the jumps themselves difficult, you have your horse already using his brain and highly responsive. Someone shared this exercise on another post and I really like it:

MicKey73 02-21-2012 07:52 PM

Thank you for the video! Looks like great training. Never would have thought of that myself!!

gypsygirl 02-26-2012 02:54 PM

i love the exercise ithat video ! im going to do it with my mare today

LoveTheSaddlebreds 02-26-2012 10:58 PM

I did it with Leia and it was so helpful!

gypsygirl 02-27-2012 06:02 PM

yesterday i did it with poles not jumps, and only 3 not 5. the indoor isnt really long enough for 5 and it was super busy. of course the arena is empty until i set up the poles and then get back on. suddenly 6 other people come in ! we had a pretty successful school over them, after i convinced gypsy to change her lead not just counter canter ! she is way to smart on her feet sometimes !

hopefully tomorrow i will do it again, but with small jumps =]

how did leia do at it ? how many feet do you space yours apart ?

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