Gymnastics

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Build Confidence in a Jumper Rider

A jumper coach shares a series of exercises to challenge you at home and prepare you for the competition arena.

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Enhance Your Horse’s Balance and Athleticism

Olympic gold medalist Melanie Smith Taylor shares her hourglass exercise—a gymnastic with straight and bending lines.

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Building Blocks to Coursework

Top hunter rider and trainer Amanda Steege shares exercises for smoother hunter rounds.

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Sharpen Your Show-Jumping Skills

An eventer’s guide to more double-clear show jumping rounds

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Richard Spooner: Pearls of Wisdom

World-class jumper Richard Spooner taught riding and horsemanship at USHJA’s Emerging Jumper Rider Gold Star Clinic West.

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Kent Farrington: Train What's Difficult

Olympian Kent Farrington’s five gymnastic exercises from the George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session

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A Gymnastic Exercise from International Rider Charlie Jacobs

Charlie Jacobs shares his favorite gymnastic exercises, designed to put him on the same page as his horse when he arrives at a competition after spending part of the week in his office.

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Gymnastics from Olympian Beezie Madden

Olympic multi-medalist Beezie Madden shares a favorite gymnastic ‘jumping’ exercise.

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Time for the Hourglass: Part 2

In Part 2 of our series, hunter/equitation coach Michael Dowling offers a step-by-step approach to building better track-riding skills with a creative exercise.

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Time for the Hourglass: Part 1

In the first section of our two-part series, top hunter/equitation coach Michael Dowling shares a creative jumping exercise for tuning up your position and track-riding skills.

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A Gymnastic Exercise from Top International Rider Callan Solem

Callan Solem is one of the top riders competing in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Lexington. She shares a favorite gymnastic exercise that encourages the horse to be responsive to the leg.

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Olympian McLain Ward’s Favorite Jumping Exercise

McLain Ward shares a gymnastic exercise that helps him prep his horses for classes such as the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Washington qualifier.

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How to Discourage Knockdowns

Top hunter, jumper and equitation trainer Scott Lico shares strategies to help a horse who knocks down rails while jumping.

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Jim Wofford: Gymnastic Exercise

Improve your horse’s rhythm, balance and independence over a bounce gymnastic.

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Beginning Gymnastics with Jim Wofford

Learn to introduce your horse to basic jumping exercises in this excerpt adapted from Jim Wofford's new book, Modern Gymnastics.

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Improve Your Lower-Leg Position Over Jumps

Practice these three exercises from Jim Wofford to strengthen your lower-leg position for security and effectiveness.