JUMPING WARM UP EXERCISES This series is going to deal with gymnastics that are suitable for every jumping horse, green or educated; Hunter, Jumper, Equitation, or Eventer.
For our horses, the goal is to strengthen their hind ends, create faster, tighter front ends, improve the set up and landing strides, encourage orthodox bascules, and promote better balance and self carriage.
For our riders, the focus is on a stronger base of support, upper body control, and improved balance that allows one to truly stay with the motion. Step one is to assess your equipment.
Your horse should be dressed in the simplest tack.
Now is the time to put away those war bridles! I prefer to school our horses at home in some sort of snaffle.
Most go in loose rings, some go in happy mouths, D bits, or full cheeks with plain mouthpieces.
A lot of the exercises we do engage the horse in such a way that the exercise does much of the work for the rider, so we find we are able to use extremely mild bits, and create softer horses.
It is a good idea to use a loose standing martingale (especially for green horses or riders), as the neck strap can be used as security for a green rider, or as an emergency support in a sticky situation on a green horse.
Riders should be dressed in either boots and britches, or chaps/ half chaps and paddock boots, and should always wear gloves, and a secure hard hat! It is a good idea to carry a short stick on every horse, but spurs are a very individual choice based on the horse’s way of going. A RIDER WITH BASIC TACK, NICE SOFT BIT, SIMPLE SADDLERY AND HER HELMET!!!
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