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3 fences – 7 exercises

Following on from The Eventing Vet’s great pole exercises here is one that I have used. Great if you are lazy like me and jump by yourself and have no one to do poles for you! Its a variation of a Yogi Breisner exercise but better suited to smaller arenas. I normally set the fences up on 1 stride apart (7.5 yards) from each other but if you want more space it could be done on 2 strides (11 yards). The distances may need adjusting depending on your horse so are to be used as approximates.

If you are on a young horse I would suggest you start with poles and build up as can be mentally tiring for them.

The fences are designed as straightbars and its not about size but quality.


28-01-2014 09-45-52Simple serpentines between the poles in walk, trot and canter. Concentrating on quality in the turns and straightness.





28-01-2014 09-45-12 This needs building up to to with the warm up over one fence, progressing onto two and then three fences in a row. Speed, quality and straightness are the key to doing this well.





28-01-2014 09-45-22 Building from above this time keeping the straightness and quality by jumping to the left or the right of the fences. use the hoops on the poles to help you with your straightness and be really precise about it. If your horse is drifting one way or the other make corrections or you can use poles on the fence or floor to aid straightness.



28-01-2014 09-45-32This is quite a hard exercise so the rider needs the quality in the canter and to think in advance so the turns are good and well presented. My loops on my diagram are not that great so you are unlikely to hit the middle on this exercise. This exercise can be done in both directions.




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Same as above but the other side. This exercise can be done in both directions.




28-01-2014 09-46-14A development from above but this time concentrating on your angles and straightness. An exercise for the more advanced horse who is established and stays straight.




28-01-2014 09-46-30 Finally putting it altogether in a course! As you can see from my pattern there are loads of options and is a really good test of straightness, quality of the canter, accuracy and the horse listening to you.

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An amateur rider who produces all her own horses. I have competed at novice level and sadly never got further due to bad luck with horses but I am still ambitious to achieve a lot more. I have a riding qualification in UKCC2 and a diploma in NLP. Sports science and particularly the mental game fascinates me. For a day job I work for a large multinational brand.