min This is an advanced grid involving two bounces. It’s made up of two verticals (a) at 70cm (or smaller) on a bounce distance, followed by a second bounce (b) at 90cm maximum. Next there’s an oxer (c) and a vertical (d) on a one-stride distance. l1 Establish a canter that’s energetic, yet controlled and collected, and turn to the first bounce. l2 Aim for the centre and keep your hands low and soft through the bounce, allowing your horse to go forwards, while remaining straight. l3 Take a breather and walk your horse around the school on a loose rein. l4 Repeat the exercise, then take another breather before doing the exercise on the other rein.
Make sure your horse is happy jumping a bounce before you tackle this grid, and don’t jump it straight through. Instead, set it up fence by fence, only adding another fence after he has comfortably jumped what is there. To progress, make the oxer wider to shorten the distance and make the grid a stronger test. A wider fence will make your horse slow down and push off his hocks to get up in the air more.