• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.

Announcement

Collapse

Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

What is your favorite over fences exercise?

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • What is your favorite over fences exercise?

    what is your favorite over fences exercise?

    I personally LOVE when my coach sets a center fence that could bend either way to the second fence. she asks me to land either lead and how many strides to put in working on adding and leaving out strides as well as teaching my youngster to land the lead asking of him in the air rather than his/my dominant lead.

  • #2
    The figure 8 exercise. for the babies x to x or x to vertical rides both directions. for older horses vertical to oxer. Really helps you to keep your canter on the turns. Has helped my jumper rounds a lot. Something so simple.
    www.hilltopfarmva.com

    Facebook: Hilltop Farm VA

    Comment


    • #3
      I like the 4 leaf clover exercise. Really good for working on balanced, tight rollbacks. Set up 4 jumps in a plus-sign shape, with the inside standards all bunched together. You can come in from any direction and start with any of the jumps, jump in, right hand roll back to the next, right hand rollback to the next, right hand rollback, etc you get the point. Really fun and the horses always seem to enjoy the mental stimulation.

      We also have one set up in our indoor right now there it is 2 small verticals set on the center line longwise so that you jump them going towards the sides, and then 2 oxers set up on bending lines from either vertical. You jump a crossrail in, bend left (or right) to the oxer, rollback to the other vertical, bending to the next oxer. Hard to describe without a picture but it's a great exercise for balance, bending, and rollbacks.

      Although recently I have not been able to participate in any of the fun as I Have been on a longe line for the past few weeks working on my seat and position and not balancing on my hands. I would rank that as a least favorite OF exercise. BUT.. it is helping!
      "Lord if we should fall, my horse and I, please pick my horse up first."

      www.thestartbox.wordpress.com
      www.useaiv.org

      Comment

      • Original Poster

        #4
        Originally posted by mustangsal85 View Post
        I like the 4 leaf clover exercise. Really good for working on balanced, tight rollbacks. Set up 4 jumps in a plus-sign shape, with the inside standards all bunched together. You can come in from any direction and start with any of the jumps, jump in, right hand roll back to the next, right hand rollback to the next, right hand rollback, etc you get the point. Really fun and the horses always seem to enjoy the mental stimulation.

        We also have one set up in our indoor right now there it is 2 small verticals set on the center line longwise so that you jump them going towards the sides, and then 2 oxers set up on bending lines from either vertical. You jump a crossrail in, bend left (or right) to the oxer, rollback to the other vertical, bending to the next oxer. Hard to describe without a picture but it's a great exercise for balance, bending, and rollbacks.

        Although recently I have not been able to participate in any of the fun as I Have been on a longe line for the past few weeks working on my seat and position and not balancing on my hands. I would rank that as a least favorite OF exercise. BUT.. it is helping!
        Oh I absolutely love this exercise!!

        Comment


        • #5
          My favorite is setting up a square oxer in the middle of the ring, and just cantering back and forth over it in a figure eight fashion. It really helps out with your eye, if you count down to it. I.E when you are one stride out you say 1 then come back to it the opposite direction and when you are 2 strides out say 1, 2 with each stride, and come back around and repeat it this time using 3. You do that all the way up to 8. It really does help!

          Comment


          • #6
            I love the gymnastic exercies where you have three to five jumps in a row and they are either bounces or single strides between the jumps. My trainer set up four jumps in a row. One was a bounce and the others had one stride. Boo ya. I loved that thing!Plus, it is super awesome for straightness and speed control.

            Comment


            • #7
              About 10 fences set in a zig-zag down the center line. They are set right next to each other: /\/\/\/\/\/\.

              You ride big loops to the rail and go over each one...or you can canter a bigger loop and do every other one. It really helps with your rhythm and turns without using the corners.

              Comment


              • #8
                Originally posted by gallopinggal View Post
                I love the gymnastic exercies where you have three to five jumps in a row and they are either bounces or single strides between the jumps. My trainer set up four jumps in a row. One was a bounce and the others had one stride. Boo ya. I loved that thing!Plus, it is super awesome for straightness and speed control.
                I love this one! We do a few jumping exercises but haven't gotten to some of the other ones mentioned. There is a 5 jump 1-2 stride/bounce type gymnastic in a row that my trainer loves to use and I love to jump so I'm going with this one for now.

                Comment


                • #9
                  Currently it's a landing rail. They jump so freakin good when they know they have to collect after

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    My favorite one for schooling the horse is a gymnastic of as many jumps as you have room (and standards) for -- 6-8 jumping efforts is good. Using verticals and square oxers randomly (so it can be jumped in both directions).

                    The purpose of this exercise is to change the spacing between each jump so the horse has to react differently inside. And, even the same spacing will ride differently when jumping from and oxer to a vertical than when coming back and the same 2 jumps are now vertical to oxer.

                    The hard part of this gymnastic is for the rider to do NOTHING. To get in the half seat, get the horse straight and then let the horse develop his own eye and learn how to deal with leaving the ground correctly depending where is body is in relationship to the jump.

                    At first, some of the efforts will be quite awkward (but, at first the distances should be kept fairly similar so that the horse learns the exercise without getting hurt). But the rider is not allowed to help the horse. Nor is the rider allowed to get in the horse's way by moving.

                    This is a tiring exercise and should only be ridden 3 - 4 times in a row. But when the horse learns it, if he is athletic at all, he will see a short distance coming up and he will automatically back himself up and jump off his hocks. Or, if the distance is a longer one, he will quietly leave longer without launching (because, if he launches, he will end up chesting the next element).

                    Start low (2') and raise the jumps when the horse is ready.

                    PS: I did not think of this exercise. It is one of Joe Fargis' favorites.
                    "He lives in a cocoon of solipsism"

                    Charles Krauthammer speaking about Trump

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Go Fish View Post
                      About 10 fences set in a zig-zag down the center line. They are set right next to each other: /\/\/\/\/\/\.

                      You ride big loops to the rail and go over each one...or you can canter a bigger loop and do every other one. It really helps with your rhythm and turns without using the corners.
                      This looks interesting!

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Little bounces....and then jumps made out of interesting materials, like hedges or haybales. Or hay bale bounces.

                        Our trainer usually leaves things like that up over a course of several lessons, and with the bounces I fall off at some point pretty much every time! Girl who jumps ahead? Meet dirt! Then Max always stops and looks at me like I'm an idiot.

                        The most fun exercise we did of this year was a set of trot poles to an x, then 1 stride to an oxer, and then you could either go right or left to an oxer that was set 4 bending strides out. Really made you stay with your horse! I bet I could make it through my nemesis the bounce now without eating it on the first or second try.
                        "Look, I'm trying not to test the durability of the arena with my face!" (Because only GM can do that.)

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          grids with big wide oxers.

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Lord Helpus - that sounds like a great exercise. Can you suggest actual striding for it, as I would like to try it this winter. In the indoor at my barn I could probably set 5 jumps down the long side, if that makes a difference! Thanks

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Well, my trainer decided to set up her own version of the Circle of Death (see here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9vi_-vuQzk) the other night and the results were really interesting. We worked on strides between the poles and how to get 4 strides (normal), 3 strides and 5 strides... really really interesting, especially once we incorporated a jump outside of the circle, then had to go back on the circle and do it in so many strides between poles. It was shockingly difficult, but I liked it!

                              My favorite exercises are gymnastics and grids, though. Hands down. So much fun!!! I love not having to find a distance and being able to concentrate more on my body position and what my horse is doing with himself. Plus, whenever we do gymnastics, the jumps go up... sometimes a lot... and jumping my guy big is SO MUCH FUN!

                              Comment


                              • #16
                                Across Sicily: that is exactly the exercise I've been working on this week. Such a seemingly simple exercise that definitely makes you think about what you're doing. It's been great for the short strided horse that I'm riding and making me get her to stretch to keep the consistent striding.

                                Another one that I really enjoyed was two cavellitis and a small vertical set up in an "S" shape, with the vertical straight across the middle and the cavallettis set on the ends of the diagonal part of the "S". Canter in off the left lead, swap to the right over the first cavalletti, swap to the left over the vertical, canter out over the last cavalletti, swapping back to the right. Really great for thinking ahead and practicing getting leads over fences.

                                Comment


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Lord Helpus View Post
                                  My favorite one for schooling the horse is a gymnastic of as many jumps as you have room (and standards) for -- 6-8 jumping efforts is good. Using verticals and square oxers randomly (so it can be jumped in both directions).

                                  The purpose of this exercise is to change the spacing between each jump so the horse has to react differently inside. And, even the same spacing will ride differently when jumping from and oxer to a vertical than when coming back and the same 2 jumps are now vertical to oxer.

                                  The hard part of this gymnastic is for the rider to do NOTHING. To get in the half seat, get the horse straight and then let the horse develop his own eye and learn how to deal with leaving the ground correctly depending where is body is in relationship to the jump.

                                  At first, some of the efforts will be quite awkward (but, at first the distances should be kept fairly similar so that the horse learns the exercise without getting hurt). But the rider is not allowed to help the horse. Nor is the rider allowed to get in the horse's way by moving.

                                  This is a tiring exercise and should only be ridden 3 - 4 times in a row. But when the horse learns it, if he is athletic at all, he will see a short distance coming up and he will automatically back himself up and jump off his hocks. Or, if the distance is a longer one, he will quietly leave longer without launching (because, if he launches, he will end up chesting the next element).

                                  Start low (2') and raise the jumps when the horse is ready.

                                  PS: I did not think of this exercise. It is one of Joe Fargis' favorites.
                                  This sounds FANTASTIC!! My horse is naturally pretty unconfident and exercises like this help him so much. He's like "Hey!! I can do this!!". SO trying it.

                                  Comment

                                  Working...
                                  X