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Flatwork Basics for Jumpers with Mac Cone

At one time a student of both Bertalan de Nemethy and George Morris, Mac Cone is a master of flatwork.

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By: Jessica Lefroy |

While his flatwork routine is tailored specifically for each mount's individual needs and level of development, he suggests getting the most out of your ride by keeping it simple and focusing on the basics. "George Morris told me 40 years ago that when you first get on a horse, whether it's dead green or made, the goal is to get it in front of your leg, going up into your hand, and going straight. My thinking has not changed since then in the importance of these basics. It is not as simple as it sounds to achieve, but once you can master those very important first steps, you can move on to other things. Another aspect of flatwork that remains just as important after all these years was taught to me by de Nemethy, and that is “inside leg into outside hand.” This is a theory that comes into play…

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