Video: The Downs and Ups of Sunken Roads

Eventing star Boyd Martin helps you prepare your horse for the demanding cross-country question of sunken roads. From the editors of Practical Horseman magazine.

A sunken road may include as many as four jumping components at the upper level. For instance, it could be a vertical, then a stride to a considerable drop into a pit, a one-stride distance to a bank going out of the pit, and beyond the bank, another vertical or even a bounce. But a sunken road is more than just a combination of cross-country elements. It tests your horse’s power, balance and agility to jump down, then rock back and rebalance within a short distance to jump up again.

Learn Boyd Martin’s system for introducing and riding the sunken road in this video.

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To read more about riding sunken roads, see the article in the February 2009 issue of Practical Horseman.

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