I’m in the mood to train, train, train! Probably because I haven’t been able to ride due to vacation + the rain + more vacation on the horizon. To get my training fix, I’d love to hear from all of you lovely hunter/jumper ladies what your favorite exercise is to school at home!
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the queen of formal exercises. My rides are a mix of working on me (aka Simon goes into school horse mode while I hold the two point forever or work on no stirrups) and doing very simple things strung together (transition, pole, transition).
Still, I think the best exercises can be super simple. Since I don’t prefer jumping outside of lessons, the exercise I spend the most time doing is simply cantering a pole while doing between a 10-20 meter circle. This really helps my eye, and since it’s just a pole if I botch a distance it’s not danger town.
I also find this helps Simon settle as well. He can get a little, “Oh yay poles I love poles I love jumping Yeeha!” but just cantering the pole several times ina row turns him into “Pssssh whatever poles I’m so amazing at poles.”
I will usually go about 10 times in his harder direction and 5-10 in the easier one. I’m sure the amount of times is personal preference, but George Morris says not to drill so I tend not to do any more than that.
What about you? What’s your favorite exercise to work on with your horse?
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