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Ask H&H: Gymer lungeing aid

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    Q: I am starting to introduce more carriage-based flatwork with my five-year-old show jumper. She’s jumping well at discovery level, but my trainer says I need to develop her flatwork to get her working correctly and safely develop her muscles.

    I have heard about a new lungeing device that replicates the rider’s hands – what is it and where can I get one?
    KDL, Manchester

    Saddle manufacturer Devoucoux has introduced a new training device that could help your mare.

    The Gymer has been designed to encourage horses to work gymnastically on the lunge – it aims to develop carriage correctly through repetitive training and education.

    How does it work?

    According to Devoucoux, the training aid encourages a softer, more elastic outline, and establishes stronger top-line muscles; in effect, replicating the rider’s hand.

    It has two tension options in the elastic; the first is for younger, less experienced horses, and the second is for more established animals.

    As you obviously have regular lessons, it would be a good idea to discuss your specific aims with your trainer and use the Gymer within a tailored programme of flatwork and jump training.

    This will help improve your mare’s overall gymnastic ability.

    Information

    At £495, the Gymer can be demonstrated at your yard.

    Tel: 01296 689012/07791 130643 www.devoucoux.com

    This Q&A was first published in Horse & Hound (2 July, ’09)

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