STEP 3: CHECK HIS FOCUS
Once you and your horse are happy riding this exercise and getting five even canter strides between each fence, try riding six strides between them instead. This requires the canter stride to be shorter, but make sure each stride is consistent between the fences. Next time around, allow the canter to be slightly longer again and ride five strides between jumps. Come through the grid several times, varying the number of canter strides you ride each time — you should find your horse begins to wait for and listen to your aids. This exercise tests how well you can control the speed and length of your horse’s stride as he approaches a fence and also checks he stays focused on you.
Practise riding six canter strides between fences, rather than five, to ensure your horse is listening