Im­prove your po­si­tion

Your Horse (UK) - - Better Riding -

Pre­dict­ing where your horse will take off for a jump is a skill in it­self. Think­ing he’s go­ing to take off be­fore he does can ac­tu­ally give him the op­por­tu­nity to refuse. “If you see a stride a long way from a fence and fold too early, you risk a run-out or re­fusal,” says Jemma. “To fix this, you need to be braver. Sit up and ride deeper into the fence and wait for your horse to take you into the jump­ing po­si­tion.”

How to ride it

SET IT UP: Place two jumps – a cross-pole and an up­right at a height you’re com­fort­able with – 10 yards (9m) apart in the cen­tre of your arena. Place a ground pole three yards in front of the cross-pole. a) Go large around your school or pad­dock in trot on the left rein. b) Look ahead for your first fence and trot to the ground pole. c) Pick up can­ter over the pole and keep your body up­right. d) As your horse leaves the ground for the cross-pole, fold into your jump­ing po­si­tion. e) Af­ter the fence, sit up quickly and ride straight to the up­right. f) Jump it and re­turn to the track. g) Re­peat on the other rein.

BACK TO BA­SICS: Start with the sec­ond fence as a cross-pole too, and change it into an up­right when you feel con­fi­dent.

Above: ap­proach­ing in trot gives you more time to think Keep your body up­right and let your horse guide you into your jump­ing po­si­tion – avoid fold­ing too early Above: jump the cross-pole and sit up af­ter­wards, ready to look for the next fence

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