Category Archives: Show Jumping Exercises

Stand off

A show jumping exercise to improve technique, make the horse stand off and prevent drifting.
Exercise to prevent drifting, to slow the horse down and to improve the technique over a fence.

Stand off the fence and don’t drift.

This exercise has a whole bunch of benefits. It is created first and foremost for horses that are rushing their fences. The V pole will make them stand off the fence.

This is not the only benefit though. This exercise will also help horses that drift and horses that need to improve the technique over a fence. It will also make the horse “think” more and assess the situation.

Setup

Put a vertical fence in the middle of the arena as shown above. Construct a V-shape with 2 poles, with the V resting on the top rail of the fence. Put a ground pole about 40 cm in front of the fence. If drifting is your problem you can reinforce the exercise with 4 cones (as shown in picture above).

Exercise

Show jumping exercise to prevent drifting
A. Leave a wide opening in the V to make the fence more attractive to the more novice horse.
Narrowing the gap between the V poles in a jumping exercise
B. Once the horse gets used to the fence you can start to narrow the gap between the V poles.
C. V poles touching. For the more experienced horse and rider.

Start off with a lower fence and a wider V (picture A). If you ride a novice horse you can approach this in trot, but continue into canter as soon as possible. Try out both left and right canter, note the difference, has your horse got more of an issue on one side? Write down your experience in a notebook, it can help you with future training sessions.

Once your horse has understood the task, start to narrow the gap between the two poles in the V until they touch (picture B and C).

If your horse is more experienced you can start with the poles touching (picture C).

Note!! This exercise do not suit horses that stand off the fences. It should also be used with caution when dealing with nervous horses.

Result

Done correctly this exercise should make the horse back off the fence a little, which in turn should make it possible for the rider to ride with a softer hand. The horse should also use a better technique over the fence, especially the front leg action. Focus on the fence should also improve along with straightness over the fence.

Want to practise some more??

Bendy, bendy

Supple with a bounce

Keep it straight!

Which way?

BETA

Disclosures

Written by @stinaharvidsson with inspiration from Eddy Andersson

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Keep it straight

Showjumping exercise to keep the horse straight over a fence. Learn to jump at an angle
Stay straight and shave off valuable seconds in the jump off! Jump at an angle.

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Jump at an angle

To be able to shave off valuable seconds in a jump off you will have to be able to keep your horse straight and jump at an angle. This simple exercise will up your skills and help your horse feel comfortable with what is expected.

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Get supple with a bounce

A bounce exercise aiming to get horse and rider supple. How to get it set up.
A parallel oxer, a bounce and a triple bounce. All jumpable from both directions.

This bounce exercise aims to get your horse supple. It will also help you feel the stride, to feel the length of the stride and your eye. To be able to assess how many strides remain until the horse jump and where it will jump. Done correctly this exercise will also get an over excited horse to back off.

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Which way?

show jumping exercise to prevent the horse from rushing the fences and be more alert on which way to go
Which way to go? Get your horse alert!

Does your horse listen to you? Are you in sync over which way to go?

Is your horse awaiting your signals? Or do you feel like your horse is in charge? Are you in sync which way to go? With showjumping courses getting quite technical it is important to work on the conversation between horse and rider. A question we often need to ask ourselves is: Is my signals received by my horse? Are they understood? Do I listen to my horse? Are we on the same wavelength?

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Bendy, Bendy!!!

Bendy bendy 1 ideas how to get both yourself and the horse more flexible.
Start low and slow!

Get your horse more flexible!

Getting your horse and yourself bendy and flexible is one of the key components of winning at any level in the world of showjumping. Quick thinking and tight turns will win you all those valuable seconds. Practise makes perfect and this exercise is perfect as it can be done at any height, poles on the ground is perfectly ok.

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Rushing the Fence

Is your horse rushing the fence?

Do you get the feeling that your horse does not listen? This is a common problem with some of the hot headed horses of today. This is one exercise that focuses on getting the horse alert and for the rider to practise how to show the horse whats next.

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