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TRAINING WITH TOM... DURING COVID-19

NHT Magazine Regular Tom Fray has been keeping his followers amused during the Covid-19 Crisis. His creativity has impressed (and made us laugh a little - something we all need at the moment) here you can see Tom's 'alternative' training video's as well as training advice you can try on your own horse.

Tom is a qualified, enthusiastic and knowledgeable UKCC L3, BHS Senior Coach, Pony Club Recommended Coach and event rider available to help all levels of horse and rider.

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Garden XC Part 1

What to do with a frustrated eventer during COVID-19 lockdown!
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Polework in the garden...

Today's amusement from my back garden.. Covid-19 lockdown boredom buster! ??
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Train your horse for the Spider Grid Challenge

Use this exercise to develop focus, power and straightness when jumping your horse. You can adapt the exercise to suit your horse using poles on the ground, blocks for smaller jumps or a barrel for bigger jumps. Watch out for fatigue, this exercise can be hard work. Have fun!
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Animated polework exercise

Use this exercise to help develop your horse's suppleness and obedience as well as improving transitions. You can change the route you follow to add in walk to canter and canter to walk.
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How to stay safe on the roads when your horse spooks.

Here is a little tip to keep riders safe on the road when your horse spooks at something in the hedge!.. Think about where the real danger is, by turning his head away from the spooky object in the hedge and riding shoulder-in he will see the real danger out of his right eye and hopefully stay safe in traffic.
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Garden XC Part 2

Train your horse to stay straight on his line when riding XC. 'look' with your body early to show him where to go and when to turn.
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Polework exercise to help adjust trot stride and maintain straightness.

Here is a useful pole exercise to help you adjust your horse's trot stride and maintain focus on straightness as well.