How to keep him straight over a jump

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This exercise, which is one of show jumper Anthony Clark's will help you maintain straightness on the approach to and over a fence and uses a grid of three fences.

The exercise will test your horse's approach and shape over the fence. It's a grid of two uprights followed by a parallel - jumping different fences teaches your horse to adapt his shape. For example he'll need to stretch and ark over the final parallel fence.

Anthony uses tramlines on middle jump to help the horse go straight and stop him from swinging his quarters out. If his hindquarters are straight and underneath him, he'll have more power to jump. The tramlines will also slow him down and teach him to sit and wait for the jump, without  needing to pull on the reins. 

Set it up

Place two upright fences at a height you feel comfortable with, two canter strides (10m) apart down the long side of your school or paddock. Place a parallel oxer one stride away (5m) from the second upright. Use two poles as tramlines on the middle fence. 

How to ride it

1 Canter around your school, maintaining an even rhythm as you approach the grid.

2 Sit up on your approach, keeping your hands soft and your leg on.

3 Jump the first upright and sit up as soon as you can after, aiming for two canter strides to the second jump.

4. Go through the middle of the tramlines and then jump the second fence. 

5 Sit up and ride one canter stride towards the oxer.

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