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CharParsley620

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Schooling Exercises!

 Parsley and myself are both getting back on form with each other and are beginning to gel and we've been going in the paddock a lot more.. But I'm only really jumping, which also is coming together quite nicely- but I am really taking my time.. They aren't getting bigger than 2ft6ish because we are not working on height, but on form :) 

But I don't want to jump every time I go out there..so could some of you chuck me a list of all sorts of paces/etc etc to do? or to try? Or even jumping exercises? 

It's lonely in the saddle since the horse died.

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rhapsody

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rhapsody says:

Re: Schooling Exercises!

Jumping wise you could do some grid work with him, or make up a jumping lane with different numbers of strides between each fence, make them all different heights and so on just to keep him thinking and to vary it a bit.  Flat work wise you could get hold of some prelim dressage tests and ride some of them, or practice circles and rein changes, transition changes and lengthening strides within the gaits.

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Chico4ever

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Chico4ever says:

Re: Schooling Exercises!

 For flat work you could dolots of circles 20cm and 10cms also 3 loop cirping time this also gets your horse good at bandy

for jumping try and get the little jumps perfect and then jump higher.

hope this helps

Chico4ever

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Charem

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Charem says:

Re: Schooling Exercises!

Lie two poles on the ground 6 horse canter strides apart and practice getting 6 strides in a basic canter, collecing him back and getting 7/8 strides in and lengthenig him to get 5/4 strides in.

When you can do that perfectfly try it with cross poles!

 

Build a 3 small cross poles at A, X and C, all so that you jump them on the short side, ie the one at X will be on the B X E line. Canter oveer them whilst on a 20m circle, try and concentrate landing on the correct leg and focusing on the next jump as you aare jumping the current one. Once you've got that try ridng a figure of 8 over them and landing on the correct leg ready for the change of bend. You really need to concentrate on your horse's bend/straightness and placing your body weight correctly to encourage the lead change. ^ Great way of introducing flying changes too :)

 

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CharParsley620

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Re: Schooling Exercises!

collecting and lengthening strides is something we struggle with. we seem to have one speed in canter and that is quick with not a lot of listening. I really struggle to get him on the bit in trot..it is massive hard work lol!

It's lonely in the saddle since the horse died.

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Schooling Exercises!

This is one of the reasons I have made a set of 4 cavaletti which will help in getting the horse to balance itself, its one up from trotting poles and these are used singly not stacked  and diggerent heights made by turning the cross with beam round and will not be able to be knocked over. My horse does beautifulflying changes all by herself.

Gypsy Gold does not chink & glitter.It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark.Tonka & Lara my beautiful horses RIP, Nelson,Chloe & Kitty the cats.

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Charem

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Charem says:

Re: Schooling Exercises!

All the more reason for doing that exercise then! ;) If he's being silly in canter do it in trot, but really concentrate on holding him with your seat/legs with very little hand so he's hasn't got anything to set against. Lots of transitions, half halts and lateral work to get him to use his bottom and soften his back and he'll come soft in no time. Just don't be tempted to try and pull him back on to the bit, he's got to go forwards but on your terms...no running through the hand. If he does half halt and then soften.

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CharParsley620

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Re: Schooling Exercises!

 I must admit, I do kind of see any genuine good schooling work between us impossible. perhaps we are both a little clueless when it comes to each other!

It's lonely in the saddle since the horse died.

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PennyPops

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PennyPops says:

Re: Schooling Exercises!

What about spirals? - A circle getting smaller and smaller and then push him out again to make some bigger ones. :) xxx Have fun! ( Can't think of any really without doing any!)

 

Gets their balance up! :B

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