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It is important that your equine learns how to carry his body in good equine posture, with regular rhythm, cadence and the ability to adjust his stride in a heartbeat. In order to be safe while jumping, it is important that your equine is schooled in a logical and sequential training program such as ours. We begin with work over 6-inch ground rails to help develop bulk muscle in the hind quarters and to teach him how to adjust each step that he takes (photo #1). Work on 20-meter (60-foot) circles over a canter pole while you verbally count the strides to the pole…one…two…three…pole! This allows him to learn to adjust his stride at canter (photo #2). Then to add more suspension after he is adept at the first two lessons, he can be asked to go through a series of four cavalletti at the lowest setting to begin to add more suspension to his gaits (photo #3). Finally, he can begin to jumpcavalletti starting with the lowest setting at 6 inches (and later the 12” and 18” settings) with ground rails on both sides of the cavalletti to help keep him erect and posturally correct throughout the jump (photo #4). Preparing him with this step by step approach will help to keep you both happy and safe during your jumping experience.