At the beginning of February we jumped a cross pole and have slowly raised this. We are still not jumping big jumps but I think we are up to about 2ft 3". What we are trying to work on is our rhythm because we tend to land and accelerate!
So this week we have started our progress to jumping a double. In my lesson we progress our grid-work starting with poles on the ground so I have used that idea. We have started with a 1 stride distance because the arena is not huge and at the moment (due to our speedy getaways) I don't feel I would have time to slow down safely with a 2 stride double. I have placed a pole on the ground (where I would put a jump) and put the jump 1 horses stride away. This is 1 non-jumping stride which for Basil (16.1hh) is about 24 ft (7.3m).
Our next step will obviously be to make this pole a cross pole - watch this space!
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