Bringing on a young or green horse is a real responsibility, and poses its own challenges.
After a Your Horse survey showed 81% of green horse owners would like expert help with their development, we sought the advice of three top riders and trainers - four-star event rider Lauren Shannon, who has string of young horses, classical trainer Diane Thurman Baker, who uses in-hand exercises to work with horses of all ages at her Turville Valley Stud, and former show jumper and four-star event rider Nick Turner, who teaches horses and riders at all levels and is high performance manager for the Irish eventing team.
Eventer Nick Turner outlines the benefits of gridwork:
- It encourages your horse to be more reactive off your aids and make a better shape over fences
- It improves his rhythm over fences
- It helps you both to improve your balance
- Different fences and distances between fences teach him to lengthen and shorten his strides
- It enables you to be more aware of your position
- You’ll also become more aware of your horse’s straightness
- It helps you to ride fences more accurately
- It increases your confidence when jumping
- It also improves the suppleness of you and your horse
- It improves his bascule over fences