Jes­sica’s sup­pling grid

Your Horse (UK) - - Better Riding -

Jes­sica has a par­tic­u­lar favourite grid ex­er­cise that she uses at home to help im­prove the sup­ple­ness of all of her horses. She’s pic­tured rid­ing the grid on NP Ze­lah (Zizi), a 10-year-old bay mare who is cur­rently com­pet­ing in 1.35m–1.40m in­ter­na­tion­als. Set up and ride the ex­er­cise as Jes­sica ex­plains over the page. You’ll need to have a friend on hand to help you by adding more el­e­ments to the grid as you progress through the steps.

What does it achieve?

It’s a sim­ple grid, yet it will help your horse use his body more ef­fec­tively over fences. By the end of your jump­ing ses­sion he should feel lighter in the con­tact, more elas­tic in his body and more bal­anced in the car­riage. The grid is also good for slow­ing down your horse’s pace after a fence and en­cour­ag­ing him to sit back on his haunches. It’s ef­fec­tive at en­cour­ag­ing your horse to think and lis­ten to your aids, too — ideal if he gets keen and has a ten­dency to rush his fences.

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