Horse Jumping Tips
There are various types of exercises that horse riders take part to improve their show jumping performance. The following are the horse jumping tips that one needs to consider when they want to engage in the activity.
When you want to be a great horse jumper; you first need to look for a coach or instructor who will be guiding you through the whole process. The coach will assist you in getting the right seat for different gaits ranging from walk to hand gallop. During the training, you need to ensure that your stirrups are shortened at least two holes before jumping, this will enable you to bring your body weight forward so you can stay over your horse’s center of balance throughout the jump. Furthermore, when jumping, riders need to always look straight over the fence since when they down they can affect the horse balance hence making the horse not to jump well.
Besides, when you are about to jump over the fence with the horse, it is essential to push your hands forward then rest the hands some few inches in front then position your hands on the neck of the horse in order to avoid jabbing the horse in the mouth when you lag behind during the jumping and landing impact. Moreover, it is essential to put on a neck strap if you find it difficult to balance at the back of the horse. Furthermore, in order to be in control of the horse, you can use a whip especially when the horse seems to run out of the track, strike the whip on the side that the horse seems to be running out of the track; however, caution needs to be taken when using the whip since when you use too much pressure, you can harm the horse, alternatively, you can use a whip that is less painful.
Jumpers need to be confident enough when approaching a fence, contrary to this will make the horse fail to jump over the fence since it will think that the jumper is not ready to jump over it. While training, ensure that you have control over the horse, do not allow the horse to rush when moving or jumping, let him do things as you have instructed him.
Furthermore, you need to be consistent with your riding style, do not change the way you ride regardless of the type or size of the fence you are approaching. Just like how people get bored when they do something over and over, horse also feel the same, when training, do not jump over the same fence more than hundred times as this will make the fence get bored hence refusing to jump over it.