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Exercises

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

Improve correctness over jumps
Lots of faults arise when the horse is drifting to the right or left of the fence because the driving force isn’t symmetrical from both hind legs. During the airborne phase, the horse get twisted and he has a tendency to land always on the same front leg, which with time, will bring some articular and tendinous lesions.
Time: 3 min 40

Preparing for speed events and jump-offs
This 2 difficult exercise develops the horse’s concentration, obliges the rider to be in harmony with his horse and anticipate each of its reactions. It’s a good way to prepare for speed events and jump-offs.
Time: 7 min 30

Mental and physical control
This exercise improved the mental and the physical of the horse and the rider without jumping excessively large fences. Here, Michel ride Vivaldi, a ineperienced horse.
Time: 9 min 30