Say no to spooking
When you’re riding a youngster or a horse who’s less experienced, spooking at fences is a common issue. “When you’re attempting something new with your horse, remember learning is a slow process,” advises Jemma. “Do everything gradually and don’t be afraid to take a step back if needed. ”We’ll do an example here with fillers and show you how to get your horse used to jumping them.”
How to ride it
SET IT UP: Place an upright in the centre of your school. Find two fillers – Jemma chooses barrels – and place them either side of your fence. a) Go large and establish a good canter with plenty of energy, just as you did in exercise one. b) Turn up the centre line and look ahead for your jump, aiming for the middle. c) Jump the fence. d) Ride straight towards the outside track. e) Go large and ask a friend to pull the fillers slightly closer towards the centre of the jump. f) Jump the fence as before.
THE NEXT LEVEL: Gradually move the fillers closer towards the centre of the jump until your horse feels confident clearing them. If he’s ever unsure, take things back a step by moving them out towards the sides again. If needed, use guide poles on top of the jump to help your horse focus and stay straight.
Start with the fillers at the edge of the jump so your horse can see them and has time to grow in confidence Gradually move the fillers closer to the centre as you both gain confidence