Love ’em or loathe ’em, ditches are a standard menu item on cross country courses everywhere. So, since we have no choice but to jump them, we might as well develop a good relationship with them — and that goes for our horses as well.
British eventer Grace Gerry tackled the topic of introducing young and green horses to the ditch concept in a recent episode of her GG Eventing Team video tutorial series.
“Everybody goes ‘Oh no, not ditches!” she says. “But if you give the horse correct foundations and the rider a confident start and introduction to ditches they’re actually really easy and very natural for horses to jump.”