This week I thought I would share one of the exercises we sometimes do in the riding lessons I go to. This is definitely one of my instructors favourites and it definitely makes you think! This one tests your ability to stay on line, move forwards and stay in rhythm.
I don't take Basil to these lessons, I generally ride a lovely horse that really enjoys his jumping and is really building my confidence! He is fairly young and needs guidance and riding to ensure he is straight but I never feel like he is going to stop (as long as I keep my legs on)!
Looking at the picture we would be working on the left rein and come round off the track (just after fence 2) and over fence 1. We then continue on a circle left around and over fence 2, straight towards the track and left over fence 3. Again continuing on the left rein we then circle around to jump fence 4.
Our instructor has also had us jumping these jumps down the line. So we have jumped 2,1,4,3 in a straight line from top to bottom jumping each pole at an angle. This exercise tests your line even more as the horses often want to run out!
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