By Jennifer Klitzke
On a balmy January day, Makana and I practiced our “eye” over a couple jumps and ground rails. The rails were spaced at a bounce (8 feet) and a one stride (16 feet) distance. My object was to keep my horse cantering over the ground rails without breaking stride or stopping.
In the short amount of time we’ve been dabbling with ground rails and small jumps, I’ve noticed that this work has helped my Walking Horse step deeper under her body for greater reach at a flatwalk and has improved her engagement and leap in the canter. These exercises have also helped our balance.