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Grid work is one of my favourite exercises with my
Grid work is one of my favourite exercises with my showjumping students. Begin by warming up on the flat, incorporating lots of transitions, first between the gaits then, as he becomes more supple and responsive, within the pace, too. This will get him listening and thinking quickly, and will mean that once he begins jumping, heโ€™ll be able to change his striding more easily to jump cleanly through the grids.Always introduce grid work piece by piece, rather than jumping straight into the line. Start by placing poles where there will be jumps, then raise the initial fence. Once youโ€™ve ridden through, put up the second fence and re-approach. Continue until you can ride through the whole grid. Itโ€™s important Your helpers can recognise when a stride doesnโ€™t suit your horse so they can adjust the fences accordingly to his paces. Approach the grid in trot, then follow with canter after the first jump.For an inexperienced rider, itโ€™s perfect for learning to feel a rhythm and ride positively without interfering.