It’s a constant battle to find new ideas for your training regimen, and the off-season exacerbates the difficulty of breaking monotony. Thankfully, many riders are also tinkering with their training and sharing their tips along the way. Laine Ashker recently began doing a “Grid of the Day” post featuring various grid exercises that can be useful for horses and riders of all levels.
One of the useful things about grid work is that the jumps can be tiny and still drive the point home. You don’t need to jump 4-foot to prove anything — put the jumps at whatever height are comfortable for you and your horse, and keep in mind that the less wear and tear on a horse’s legs the better.
Check out some creative grid exercises and the training concept behind them from Laine’s Instagram:
Looking to work on your straightness, balance and rhythm all the while having some fun in the beginning of these winter months?! If so, try this #GOTD! Start building a cross vertical in the middle and build out into one stride verticals so your arena jumps resemble that of a star seperated by 1 strides (about 18 feet). Enjoy guys! #goalgo
#GOTD A series of cross rail bounces before and after a square oxer to improve the horse’s hind end strength, the rider’s position and the pairs ability to move forward (toward the oxer from the bounces) and to wait (toward the bounces from the oxer). The bounces are set at 9 ft and the oxer is a forward four strides away from the bounce exercise! Enjoy guys!
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Have any fun gymnastic/grid exercises to add, EN? Let’s see them! Post them in your comments below or tag us on Instagram using #ENGridSkills. Happy jumping!