MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR JUMPING LESSON

Tips for successful jumping lessons

  • Thoroughly warm up you and your horse; Cold, tense muscles are more likely to sustain strains and injuries so allow sufficient time.

 

  • Perform flat work exercises including lengthening and shortening of the stride, ride loops and circles, use direct transitions from walk to canter to engage the hind legs.

 

  • Balance, responsiveness and suppleness are invaluable for a controlled canter which is key to successful jumping.

 

  • Gridwork is a gymnastic exercise for the horse and must be progressed at a level the horse is confident with.

 

  • Combine combinations and small courses for variation, always keeping the level well within your comfort zone.

 

  • Always finish when the horse is jumping well, do not be tempted to continue as a tired horse may make mistakes and resent the task.

 

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