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Forward Riding Series Part 23 - Learning to Jump in the Ring 2
Coach: Susan Deal

Part 23 of Susan Deal’s "Forward Riding Series - Exercises for a Rider's First Year"

After the rider is secure jumping one low jump, steering well before and after the obstacle, Susan introduces her student to an in and out. The jumps are initially set with an approach trot rail followed by a cross rail to a small vertical. At this point in the rider’s progress, her focus is on position and straightness with the aid of guide rails. Gradually the jumps increase in height, the vertical becomes an oxer, and the rider works to maintain her position over two jumps.

Running Time: 4 mintues and 40 seconds

Forward Riding Series Part 24 - Learning to Jump in the Ring 3
Coach: Susan Deal

Part 24 of Susan Deal’s "Forward Riding Series - Exercises for a Rider's First Year"

At this stage in the young rider’s progress, she is comfortable jumping a one stride in and out. Susan then adds another element and the horse and rider gain confidence through a triple combination.  As before, the rider concentrates on position and straightness through the exercise with the use of guide rails. Ultimately, the rider goes through the triple without hands to better develop balance, weight distribution and spring.

Running Time: 6 minutes and 27 seconds

Forward Riding Series Part 25 - Learning to Jump Part 4 - Jumping in the Field
Coach: Susan Deal

Part 25 of Susan Deal’s "Forward Riding Series - Exercises for a Rider's First Year"

This time Susan Deal introduces her young student and pony to jumps out in the field. The rider has progressed from jumping in an arena and is now ready to meet the challenges of natural jumps like logs and coops in an open field. Susan starts her rider and pony with trot jumps and moves on to cantering the obstacles, taking advantage of an upward slope in the terrain to slow the pony if needed.

RunningTime: 4 minutes and 1 second

Forward Riding Series Part 26 - Learning to Jump Part 5 - Jumping a Line
Coach: Susan Deal

Part 26 of Susan Deal’s "Forward Riding Series - Exercises for a Rider's First Year"

Before the young or beginning student can move on to course work, Susan Deal introduces her to jumping a line. The rider starts by trotting into the line and cantering out working up to cantering both elements. As the focus for the rider is straightness, Susan uses flower boxes and shrubs as guides at each end of the arena.

RunningTime: 5 minutes and 9 seconds

Forward Riding Series Part 27 - Learning to Jump Part 6 - Jumping in the Field
Coach: Susan Deal

Part 27 of Susan Deal’s "Forward Riding Series - Exercises for a Rider's First Year"

The students and their ponies move from the ring to the field to continue their jumping skills. Susan instructs them over a bending line of natural jumps, working to improve the riders’ position and release as they gain confidence over larger fences in an open setting.

Running Time: 2 minutes and 56 seconds

Forward Riding Series Part 28 - Riding on Soft Contact
Coach: Susan Deal

Part 28 of Susan Deal’s "Forward Riding Series - Exercises for a Rider's First Year"

Susan works with her young student on transitioning from riding on a loose rein to riding on soft contact. The student is generally ready for this when they can move their hands independently from the body. These are the beginning stages of contact when the rider has acquired the tact and feel to have more effective communication with the horse’s mouth.

Running Time: 4 minutes and 29 seconds

Forward Riding Series Part 29 - Once a Week for Ten Months
Coach: Susan Deal

Part 29 of Susan Deal’s "Forward Riding Series - Exercises for a Rider's First Year"

In the final installment of Susan Deal’s video series, we see the progress a student can make in about a year only riding once a week. The rider has established safe and effective communication with her mount while performing some basic flatwork and jumping small fences.

Running Time: 8 minutes and 18 seconds

Forward Riding Series Part 3 - Exercises to Improve a Beginner's Riding Position
Coach: Susan Deal

Part 3 of Susan Deal's "Forward Riding Series - Exercises for a Rider's First Year"

This is the 3rd installment of Susan Deal’s video series devoted to teaching beginners the fundamentals of  forward riding. In this lesson she focuses on the rider’s position while offering insightful techniques from the teacher’s perspective on how to get the most out of a young or inexperienced equestrian. As a rider you’ll learn proper placement of the foot in the stirrup, how to hold the reins, basic seats, how to avoid clashing aids, tips on how to improve your seat and balance and other basics every equestrian should learn during their first riding lessons.

Running Time: 7 minutes and 37 seconds

Forward Riding Series Part 4 - Learning How To Post The Trot
Coach: Susan Deal

Part 4 of Susan Deal's "Forward Riding Series - Exercises for a Rider's First Year"

Susan Deal, top trainer for young riders, takes us through a typical lesson when teaching a new rider to post the trot and use the weight aid. The goal of this video lesson is to get the rider more secure in the saddle. Starting out on the lunge line, Susan has the rider do various exercises to help them keep an even posting rhythm and a strong balance over the leg.

Running Time: 7 minutes and 47 seconds

Forward Riding Series Part 5 - Stretches to Help the Beginning Rider Achieve Proper Position on a Horse
Coach: Susan Deal

Part 5 of Susan Deal's "Forward Riding Series - Exercises for a Rider's First Year"

In this 5th video lesson, Susan Deal (ANRC Level 5 Rider, National Judge, and Steward) introduces some stretching exercises to a new rider in order to encourage proper position in the tack. She covers exercises to correct a rider's placement in the saddle and stretching techniques to perfect position both at a standstill and on a lunge line. These exercises will help equestrians of all levels to be more flexible with the horse, move with the horse and feel the horse during the ride. Susan ends with an exercise for relaxation and flexion to release the tension and allow beginners to more easily move with the rhythm of the horse.

Running Time: 12 minutes and 56 seconds