Boyd Martin - Arena Exercises to Improve Technique

stadium, show jumping, courses, rider position, bending lines

Boyd Martin - Which Canter Do I Need? Parts 1 - 4

cross country, related distances, canter, adjustability, trakehner, terrain

Boyd Martin - 11/11/17 - Improving The Jumping Technique of the Horse, P4 - P6

show jumping, stadium, courses


BOYD MARTIN - WHICH CANTER DO I NEED? The total running time of the first four parts of this seven part video is 45:30.  Boyd Martin brilliantly guides these riders through creating adjustability in their horses for challenging cross country questions.




Part 1: Boyd starts the lesson talking about how he wants everyone to be able to make the transition from being forward and open to a controlled canter. He puts a few fences together so everyone can practice that in their warm-up. Boyd talks about how he wants the rider to sit back and wait versus going for it when a funny distance comes up. One rider has a tendency to really throw his upper body over the fences. Boyd suggest to watch a video of himself as well as watch riders you want to emulate.
Part 2: The lesson moves onto another obstacle with related distances and changing terrain. Boyd talks about how he wants them to ride very supportively to the first fence, where the ground drops away, so they can ride strongly to the second fence. He encourages the riders to keep a longer rein so they can stay back and push their horse between the fences. He uses a speed boat analogy.
Part 3: Boyd starts this lesson talking about how he wants the riders to use their stick to encourage them forward on the last step. He wants them to not take their hands off the reins. He also has the riders shorten up their horses stride even more and talks about how he likes to school the horses with a bit shorter stride so they can really understand.
Part 4: The lesson moves onto two offset ditch walls. Boyd starts off talking about how the first jump is the hardest and it is better to ride this type of fence accelerating on the last stride. He has the riders start off by jumping the B element first to give the horses confidence. Once the fences are put together It proves to be a bit tricky for a few of the riders.

Boyd Martin - USA

Boyd Martin, 2016 U.S. Olympic Team member and top international competitor, joins EventingTrainingOnline to share his extensive knowledge on creating successful event horses. Read Full Bio