Working your horse over a grid of fences has numerous benefits for you and him. Eventer Will Furlong explains them all and how to be successful with grids.
- Plan one gridwork session a week with your horse and you’ll soon start to reap the benefits
- Ask a capable horsey friend to help you from the ground and alter the grid
- Always check your distances.
- Keep your gridwork sessions short and fun for your horse.
- Only change the grid when you and your horse are happy and confident.
- To keep your horse listening to you vary whether you approach the grid in trot or canter.
- If your horse gets a bit keen coming into the grid approach in trot.
- Don’t do too much and over ride, keep it simple, you’re responsible for your horse’s straightness and impulsion.
- Allow your horse to make mistakes, he’ll learn from them. It’ll take about five or six times through a grid for your horse to understand what you’re asking him to do.
- If your horse tends to land and rush off on landing pull up in a straight line after the grid.
Watch Will ride the two gridwork exercises at www.yourhorse.co.uk/academy