How do I teach my horse to bounce?

How do I teach my horse to bounce?

Q: Introducing bounce fences: “It’s time to introduce something new to my seven-year-old’s showjump training. She’s perfect at grids and she loves jumping down them. Recently my trainer has asked me to practise some bounce fences with ‘Dusty’. However bounces for us...
How do I teach my horse to bounce?

A simple exercise to improve jumping technique

Grid, bounce and canter poles exercise Warm up over  two bounces (pole, fence, pole) on the corners a couple of times on each rein so that the horse understands what you require before you put the exercise together, coming down the grid first.  The exercise  This...
Help! how do I teach my horse to extend?

Help! how do I teach my horse to extend?

Q: “I’m having difficulty getting my horse to understand how to extend properly in any gait. Collection is easy enough but not extension. He does a decent walk and trot — his canter needs work but we’re only trying to do collection and extending in walk and trot at...

Fun and confidence-giving lessons

If you’d like to further your eventing career or you need to increase your confidence, do get in touch and I will tailor make each lesson to suit you. I am also available to teach clinics. Come to my yard, where we have exceptional facilities, or I can come to you....

Train on a natural surface

I don’t usually gallop my young horses  until they are at least at novice level although this can depend on their breed. I also try to train all my horses on natural terrain similar to what they would compete on, as opposed to synthetic surfaces, as much as...

Straightness on the centre line

Keeping your horse straight on the centre line can be quite tricky. Always think of using your legs rather than your hands and then check on your effectiveness by giving one rein away for four strides and taking it back, and then repeat on the other rein. Come down...