Exercise 4: Three Verticals With Ground Poles in Between
the right, don’t let him,” he said, reinforcing his earlier lesson about reprogramming the horse to go in the line the rider wants.
As Caitlyn headed down the long side to Exercise 3, Kent again told her to use leg and a cluck so that her horse wouldn’t be “asleep on the back rail of the oxer.” When the horse made a lazy and slow effort over the second oxer, Kent had her jump it again, instructing her to accelerate through the turn to teach the horse to move off the leg and to carry her better.
Exercise 4: Three Verticals with Ground Poles In Between
Set up: Three verticals in a line, 21 feet (one stride) apart, with a ground pole exactly in the middle of each jump
This time Kent told riders to skip Exercise 1 and instead start with Exercise 2 off either lead, jump the oxer closest to the center of the ring in Exercise 3 then turn left, canter around the outside of Exercise 3 to Exercise 4, three verticals with ground poles in the middle of each one. Riders jumped the first vertical, took a bounce step over the first ground pole to the second vertical and then took another bounce step over the second ground pole to the third vertical. Finally, riders turned right and cantered down the long side again, rolling back to the oxer closest to the rail from Exercise 3.
A lot of Kent’s comments focused on the rider’s position through the verticals. He repeatedly told riders to keep their positions quiet and centered through the line and explained that while a lighter seat was necessary for asking for a longer stride, riders had to be careful not to pitch their upper body forward.
“Make sure when coming through verticals you aren’t jumping with your body,” he called to Kendra Duggleby, who leaned slightly at the fences with her shoulders. “Let the horse do the work at the fence.”
But the biggest challenge that seemed to face riders in this exercise was not the addition of the three verticals with ground
Natalie Dean and Dylandra jump over the first vertical of three. Just out of view is the first ground pole placed in the center of the verticals.