Walking the Course Series Part One – The Basics
In “The Basics” (part one of a three part series), Bernie breaks down course walking into its most basic components. This topic addresses take off distances, perfecting an accurate walking stride length and the available track options. NOTE: At the aprox 4 min mark Bernie talks about measuring take off distance.
Running Time: 13 minutes and 29 seconds
Fine-Tuning Downward Transitions & Trot Fences
Missy reveals the exercise that she uses to make both her equitation horses and jumpers comfortable with downward transitions and trot fences. Missy has designed a drill that, with practice, will lead to the mastery of this sophisticated test that often appears in equitation classes.
Running Time: 11 minutes and 18 seconds
Do you consider triple bars to be freebies on course or are they your nemesis? In this topic Bernie discusses and demonstrates the various elements to take into account when presented with a triple bar, such as pace, balance, impulsion and take off distance.
Running Time: 12 minutes and 53 seconds
Schooling Your Horse Over Open Water
Open water obstacles can be intimidating to both the horse and the rider, so you want to be sure you’ve done your homework to avoid potential faults in the show ring. Join Bernie as he shows us how to properly school over a simulated open water jump in a way that encourages the horse to jump beyond the tape. Nobody wants a toe in the tub on show day!
Running Time: 8 minutes and 55 seconds
Riding Your Rhythm
Learn to make yourself ride with a consistent rhythm, with your horse in front of your leg. Maintaining good rhythm and balance can help dramatically to improve your ride by allowing the jumps to come to you instead of unknowingly changing your rhythm in search of “the perfect distance.” Trust that your horse can jump well from many distances as long as you keep this in mind.
Running Time: 16 minutes and 46 seconds
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