Exercise 6 - Grid Work
There are many ways to set a grid up and this video is just one of them.
The exercise in this video is where to work towards
Grid work teaches horses to be agile and athletic.
For training purposes you should use small fences which will build your horse's confidence.
The distance set between the fences and poles will vary according to the size of the horse or pony and the length of his stride.
For my 17HH horses I tend to have the bounces at 2.75 metres to 3 metres depending how hard I want them to work and what their ability is.
If you want to have 1 canter stride between fences then you need to walk out 8 human strides, 2 for landing, 4 for the stride and 2 for take off. - approximately 6m 20cm for horses, and smaller for ponies.
To help horses stop rushing follow all the previous videos in this series and then start with bounce grids.
They shouldn’t be big and if you use cross poles it helps to keep you both straight down the centre.
As my horses work with grids a lot I have left poles on the ground, but you should really keep them to one side and bring them in as needed.
This horse can rush down a grid
To start with he inverts but as we repeat the exercise so his shape and control improves.
The bounce at the end of the line makes them think quickly with their feet and props them back on their hind legs -
this is particularly good for those horses that bound on and fall on their forehand.
The aim is for the horses to maintain their rhythm.
It is important for the rider to keep their leg on into, through and away from the grid.
If you take it off part way through the horse will drop behind the leg and then may not have enough power to finish the exercise.