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Exercises

Fun gymnastic in preparation for shows
This course that alternates straight lines and successive turns, is an excellent gymnastic to break down a course  and prepare each part of it. Despite the difficulty of this exercise, it is safe and it will become fun for the horse and rider.
Time: 13 min

Style and straightness over combinations
This is an excellent gymnastic for horses who have a tendency to jump with a hollow back and for horses who drift in combinations.
Time: 4 min

Training exercise for flying change of lead
This is a gradual exercise encouraging the horse and rider to break down and automatize the movement for a good flying change of lead.
Time: 9 min

Connection and responsiveness of the horse on landing
This exercise enables the rider to keep his horse responsive and under control, especially when landing from an oxer. Consequently the rider will be able to speed up, slow down, turn or get ready to jump another fence.
Time: 9 min

Straightness of the horse through a line of fences
To get your horse really straight is also essential when jumping combinations. Indeed, if the rider is not paying attention and let the horse drift over the first fence, the issue will get worse on the second fence and then the third one. In that set-up, the horse will end-up running out.
Time: 4 min

Style and carefulness in the combinations
This excellent exercise emphasizes on the quality of the jump and the horse’s understanding by encouraging him to analyse the situation and therefore to organise his movements.
Time: 2 min

Improving the quality of the canter
This exercise helps the horse reorganize its canter between the jumps, thanks to the ground poles. This work is particularly recommended for horses with a tendency to disunite the canter (cross cantering) in turns.
Time: 8 min 30

Variations on amplitude at a canter
This exercise is a very good gymnastic preparing the rider as much as the horse for jumping. It makes the rider work on different possible lengths canter’s stride to achieve the number of strides required, while favouring the horse’s understanding.
Time: 7 min

Calm and regularity on a precise line
This exercise is a good transition between flat work and jumpiong. It is especially beneficial for horses who have tendency to rush the jumps, as it encourages them to jump in a calm and relaxed way.
Time: 7 min 50

Improve the jumping trajectory and the control in the approach
The set-up with “normal-short” distances forces the rider to control his approach, which will bring, among other things, some improvements in the way the rider’s mind works.
Time: 5 min 30