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Posted 30th March 2021

Check out our simple guide to riding dog-legs


Dog-legs are two fences set at the ends of a curve and can often be found on showjumping courses. Each fence is meant to be approached on a straight line but, with a fairly tight space between them, it’s sometimes tempting to jump both on an angle instead. Find out how to build and ride dog-legs perfectly to help you achieve an awesome clear round in the ring.

Break it down

Riding a dog-leg takes a little practice, but there’s no reason you won’t be able to crack it. Here’s how to get started…

  1. In trot, turn down the long side just off the outside track and ride over the first pole.
  2. Continue straight, but look towards your second obstacle to prepare for the turn.
  3. When you reach the turning point you planned earlier, use your inside rein and outside leg to turn onto the short diagonal.
  4. Look up and over the second obstacle, then continue on the straight line over the pole.

Top tip

Keep the fences small to start with so you can focus on riding the dog-leg correctly.

Find out more about how to set up and ride this dog-leg exercise in May PONY, on sale 7 April 2021.


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