Jay Duke Lesson Library

Novice


3 Simple Gymnastics

Three simple gymnastics exercises with options to tailor for intermediate and advanced levels.

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Intermediate


Circle Gymnastics

A gymnastic exercise incorporating circles between fences. Excellent for improving communication between horse and rider.

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Alternating Jump Circle

This is a circle lesson that can be practiced using both leads, and is the perfect tool to help with turns, landing the lead and rhythm.

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Circle of Death Part 1

Circle jumping exercise with four four fences in the center of the ring. This will help the horse become supple and land the correct lead, while aiding the riding in controlling the track of the horse and using it to adjust the distance.

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Lead Changes

Flying lead changes are one of the more intricate exercises that we do in Show Jumping. It requires an exact combination of timing and use of the rider’s aids. This exercise utilizes four fences to improve lateral movement, balance, patience, and timing.

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Course Work – Break It Up

Break courses down to their core with this jumping exercise that can be built for a hunter, jumper, or equitation horse.

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Descending Rollbacks

Primarily a flat lesson with the use of poles to perfect a rider’s eye and a horse’s suppleness.

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Collected Flatwork by Joan Kirton

This intermediate level gymnastic by guest contributor Joan Kirton improves a horse’s collection, softness, topline while significantly strengthening a rider’s leg and feel.

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Dream Date

With a hunter and jumper approach, this exercise works on the horse’s frame and canter on the approach to the fence.

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Roll, Roll, Rollbacks

This jumping exercise will help both horse and rider baster the rollback with suppleness, square turns, and balance.

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Snakes and Ladders

This progressive lesson is all about turns, suppleness, and responsiveness from the horse.

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Advanced


Figure 8 With Fences – Circle of Death Part 2

Circle of Death x2 creates a figure eight, to benefit strength and conditioning, turning in the air, and communication.

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Top End Transitions: 3’s and 5’s

Perfect transitions, turns, and control with this two-part jumping exercise.

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Jumper Gymnastic

Ask all the necessary questions with this jumper gymnastic perfect for improving a horse’s form, scope, and carefulness, as well as teaching a rider to ride into a combination on an organized step and forward gallop.

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Skinny Figure 8 by Beezie Madden

Thanks to four-time U.S. Olympic medalist Beezie Madden, this figure 8 exercise will hone adjustability, communication, and rider position.

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Skinny Figure 8 by Beezie Madden Part 2

The lesson is a progressive gymnastic lesson where in this part, the canter lead will alternate and the exercise can be jumped in either direction.

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Serpentine!

The lesson is about controlling the body of the horse on landing, corner, and approach to a fence.

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