Monday Video from Total Saddle Fit: #GOTD for Balance and Boldness

#GOTD 🚨 I set up these three square cross rail oxers with the intention of making myself ride in a forward yet relaxed rhythm and focus on building their strength in their backs and bums with this exercise. The ground poles give you a gage of your pace (if you begin to hit the NON-ELEVATED ground poles then your horse is not in the correct balance) and the crosses help you stay centered through the grid. Always keep a quiet, tall position and a forgiving release to let your horse work his or her magic! This is a canter in exercise but with the green ones can be broken down to small crosses and trotted in of course then you’d want to shorten up the distances hence why I have the “greater than” sign. As the jumps get larger you’ll want to have a HEALTHY 9 feet distance in between each pole to jump to encourage forward riding. Enjoy my friends! #LÆSquad #fallprepsinorder #eyesontheprize

Posted by Laine Ashker Eventing and Dressage on Sunday, August 18, 2019

Jump right into the week thanks to Lainey Ashker and her newest Grid of the Day (#GOTD)! This three jump line uses a series of square oxers and ground poles to invite a forward ride while working to build your horse’s strength. It can be modified for the lower levels by changing the oxers to crossrails and trotting into the exercise. Get jumping!

From Lainey:

“I set up these three square cross rail oxers with the intention of making myself ride in a forward yet relaxed rhythm and focus on building their strength in their backs and bums with this exercise. The ground poles give you a gage of your pace (if you begin to hit the NON-ELEVATED ground poles then your horse is not in the correct balance) and the crosses help you stay centered through the grid. Always keep a quiet, tall position and a forgiving release to let your horse work his or her magic! This is a canter in exercise but with the green ones can be broken down to small crosses and trotted in of course then you’d want to shorten up the distances hence why I have the “greater than” sign. As the jumps get larger you’ll want to have a HEALTHY 9 feet distance in between each pole to jump to encourage forward riding. Enjoy my friends!”

Screenshot via Laine Ashker Eventing and Dressage.

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