Introducing bounces to your jumping exercises
-When jumping its so important to have your horses connected and sat on his/her hind legs.
– A sequence of 4 bounces encourages them to do this.
– It also makes them concentrate on what you are asking them to do.
-Start with small cross poles. Cross poles encourage the horse to stay straight and make a correct shape.
-The bounces should be on roughly 3.5metres to help to encourage them to shorten.
– It is essential before you start the exercise that your horse is in front of your leg and is listening.
– If you do find them feeling ‘wobbly’ in between each fence, you can place poles either side of the cross poles which act as tram lines, to encourage them to straight.
-Once your horse is comfortable with the exercise why not add a small but wide over at the end to encourage them to then open out once they have shortened. This can be built on roughly 7 metres depending on your horses stride.
The Rider- Concentrate on looking up and and over the fences in front of you, keeping your shoulders up and going with the movement to encourage your horse to work over its back.
Top Tip If you find your horse can be slightly lazy in front or doesn’t jump square, build a V off the front of the fence using poles to encourage them.
Its always easiest to build the grid down the middle of the school so you can alternate which rein you come off.