Grids from Mary King
SIX-TIME OLYMPIAN Mary King is a huge advocate of gridwork. Grids are not only beneficial for strengthening your horse’s back muscles. They also help him learn to judge distances between fences and boost his elasticity, as he concentrates on clearing the poles and getting his stride length right. You can adjust the difficulty of each grid exercise depending on your horse’s age, experience and ability to understand the pattern at its most basic set-up. In the following exercises there are three grid diagrams, from easy to more advanced. Have someone on the ground to help you adjust the fences and always warm up evenly on both reins in walk, trot and canter.
Mary’s grid exercises are the basis for turning a horse from a good jumper into a fantastic one