The training allowed a great opportunity to do grid work and lines which just aren't physically possible with our facilities or in a 20x40 arena.
We started off concentrating on length of stride and developing the ability to shorten and lengthen in designated spaces. We then progressed on doing the same over fences, and it was interesting how much more difficult it can be after incorporating a jump. Through this I learnt I had to prepare my upper body faster in order to make adjustments quicker.
After we started riding through the grid, which progressively got bigger. After we had all acheived this we were all challenged to jumping through the grid whilst aiming to slowly release our reins, until we got to the final fence and then we were to let go. Surprisingly this went smoother than I expected but I must admit to scrambling my knitting aka reins quickly after the fence! But the exercise did show how a horse can stretch so much more through the neck when given the opportunity.
We then finished the session with jumping lines of dog's legs and jumping fences on angles, which resembled lines you'd most likely find on a Cross country course.
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