30-minute work­out

Grids from Mary King

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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

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