Exercise 3 TACKLE AN UPRIGHT FROM CANTER
Once your horse has negotiated the poles in exercise two in a relaxed way, without hollowing or losing his rhythm, introduce a straight bar fence to jump from canter. “This is another exercise to help with rhythm, which is just a little more challenging for him.” explains Katie. “The aim is for your horse to negotiate the fence as if it isn’t there, so he’s just jumping it out of his normal stride.”
How to ride it
Build an upright on one of the long sides of your arena, with two poles placed on the ground, one on either side of the fence (as shown right), to help your horse judge the take-off. This will give him confidence too. When you feel your horse is ready, pick up canter and go large around the school. Aim for a steady rhythm and balance, particularly in the corners. From whichever rein your horse finds easiest, turn towards the fence. Keeping the canter forward and balanced, aim for the middle of the fence, trying not to interfere with your horse as you approach. If, like DB2, your horse takes offence (right) at the jump, simply ride away and approach again, keeping your leg on and a contact through the reins. Bridging your reins can help if your horse gets too strong or pulls you out of the saddle.
DB2 takes offence at the jump and begins to slam on the brakes