Training Tips from the Top – James Arkins and Elliott Reeves
We thank James and Elliott for these great training exercises.
- Firstly the amount of poles – for beginners start with just 2 poles and increase once you feel ready.
- Secondly the amount of strides – learn to ride the exercise in 6 strides, once mastered, you can try it in 7 strides by adding a stride or 5 strides by cutting one out. For the more advanced try 8 or 9 strides, and for even more difficulty alternating strides, e.g; 6 in the 1st section 7 in the 2nd, 6 in the third, 7 in the forth….
You can be as creative as you want and adjust the exercise to fit your riding arena, or any area you ride. Add or take poles out. Have them on straight lines or curves. for smaller or bigger spaces adjust the distance between poles, e.g; stepped 4 strides apart, or stepped 8 strides apart.
Pole – cross rail – bounce – cross rail – one stride with pole – vertical – one stride with pole – oxer