Step three: use up­rights

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the fi­nal part of the bounce puzzle is to trans­form both fences into up­rights. Your abil­ity to keep your horse straight and cen­tral will be piv­otal to the suc­cess of this fence, as will your po­si­tion in the sad­dle. “Your job as a rider is to make your horse’s job as sim­ple as pos­si­ble,” ex­plains si­mon. “A big part of this is help­ing him with bal­ance.” We nat­u­rally knock horses slightly off bal­ance just by sit­ting on them — thank­fully they learn to ad­just to hav­ing us there. even so, it’s re­ally im­por­tant that you help out your horse as much as you pos­si­bly can. rid­ing in a light seat is one way to im­prove your horse’s chance of suc­cess over a bounce be­cause, as si­mon ex­plains, it’s also im­por­tant not to throw your­self into a jump­ing po­si­tion. if you’re in a light seat, you’re al­ready go­ing for­wards with your horse. “Keep your shoul­ders up as much as you can,” he says. “if you fold too much, you’ll in­ter­fere with the horse’s jump and knock him off course for the sec­ond half of the bounce.”

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