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Okay so my mare Phoebe hasn't had much schooling lately because we don't have the facilities or the weather to be able to do anything lately and the last time she was really schooled in flatwork and jumping was in October. Since then we have been out hunting so she is physically fit but I need her mentally fit and maybe more physically fit for the job I will be asking her to do.

So what I am planning on doing is bringing her back to basics in flatwork and jumping doing simple grids and such and building up gradually to build some good jumping muscles. We jumped 3'3" courses last year in our shows.

I want her to be ready to jump at least 2'9" or 3'3" again by the end of next month. I also want to be able to be doing well in low level dressage tests by the end of next month as well.

My question is where to start with flatwork basics and such as I know where to begin with the jumping again but I am new to dressage and only recently learned how important flatwork is for jumping.

So anyone got any ideas?
 

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these are just some simple excercises that helped my jumping :)
-practice shortening and lentghening your horses stride with minimum aids
-figure eights (stay balanced and make sur eyour horse doesnt lean)
-serpintines (keep your hrose soft and make sure he is read to switch directions smoothly and easily
-leg yeild to the center of the arena and go over a jump/pole
-make sure all your aids are being listened to the SECOND you give them, make sure they are perfectly clear and that your horse does exactly what you want when you ask for it.

these arent necissaraly dressage, but groundwork exercises that i found made me and my horse jump a lot better :)
 

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Thank you so much and like you said at the end of your post I am not looking for exactly dressage stuff just stuff that is ground and flatwork to help our dressage and jumping out so thank you I will be trying out this stuff :D
 

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I always try to use the layoff months to my advantage by starting out doing whatever we were working on last year, but with the absolute minimum of aids. If last year I asked for a canter depart with a visible leg cue, this year I'll try to ask entirely with just a little added leg pressure or better yet, just with seat bones. You get the idea. I figure every time I can refine a cue, no matter what it is, I've progressed in my riding and my horse's training.
 

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Okay I actually get to ride tomorrow so I am just going to bump this up to see what other ideas there are out there :D
 

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Okay I actually get to ride tomorrow so I am just going to bump this up to see what other ideas there are out there :D
Glad to hear you can ride again:D
 
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