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Horse Jumping Tips

It is essential for horse riders to keep on practicing their skills so as to remain competitive in the horse jumping competitions. The following are the guides to horse jumping training.

It is essential for people aspiring to be great horse riders t first look for a professional coach or horse instructor who will take them through the practice 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.

It is essential to remember to keep he hands forward when they are about to jump over a fence, this will prevent them from jabbing the horse in the mouth when they lag behind in the motion. For riders who find it difficult to stay balanced while riding the horse, they can use a neck strap, the strap prevents the rider from bouncing around and falling. 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. Moreover, riders need to ensure that their horse do not control them, you need to be the one to control the horse , since failure to do so will make the horse guide you in most of the training, for instance, it may want to jump over a fence even when you are not ready hence causing you to fall over.

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.