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Seeing The Correct Distance

Finding the correct distance to a fence can be difficult to master and takes many hours of practice. However it is achievable and you don’t have to jump everyday to improve either. Continue reading Seeing The Correct Distance

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Strengthen Your Position For Jumping

To achieve a great position all of the parts need to work together to properly balance you on the horse, while also creating a beautiful picture. Continue reading Strengthen Your Position For Jumping

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Trotting Grids

Now that you are comfortable with the sensation of jumping over a single obstacle, it’s time to move on to multiple obstacles in a row also called a grids or grid work. Grid work prepares you for jumping full courses; it also develops your position, helps you learn to find the correct distance to each jump, and helps your horse’s rhythm and shape in the air. Continue reading Trotting Grids

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Two Point and Cross Rails

Two-point position keeps you close to the saddle but off your horse’s back as he gallops and jumps. In this position you will be over your horse’s center of gravity and in correct balance for jumping.  Once you can get into and stay in a two-point, it is time to start going over small cross rails. Cross rails are the easiest obstacle for your horse to jump. Continue reading Two Point and Cross Rails

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Stirrup Adjustment and Ground Poles

Now that you can easily jump your horse on the ground at both a trot and canter it is time to move on to under saddle work. To begin tack the horse up and do some groundwork, adding a few jumps to remind him of your previous lessons. Continue reading Stirrup Adjustment and Ground Poles

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Groundwork For Jumping

Anything from classy hunters to speedy jumpers there is a place for nearly all horses and riders who want to try jumping. Unfortunately, jumping can be turned into a dreaded exercise for your horse and sometimes even you. Here I will suggest some tips and exercises that will keep the time you spend jumping easy and successful. Continue reading Groundwork For Jumping

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Combination Fences

Combination fences can be challenging, and require you and your horse to be athletic and adjustable. These fences also allow you to show off your riding skills and your horse’s ability. Lots of practice is necessary to master combinations as they are fast, fun, and can make or break your course. Continue reading Combination Fences

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Jumping Up and Downhill

The added difficulty of jumping fences that are placed on hills builds your skills and challenges the horse’s athletic ability. Jumping up and downhill will improve your communication with the horse while strengthening your partnership. Continue reading Jumping Up and Downhill