Where to look
Hands up if you’re guilty of looking down at the fence as you go over it? Many riders are — often without realising. While it’s tempting to check your horse has successfully brought all four hooves up and over the jump, if you look down at the floor, you’re much more likely to end up there. You shouldn’t look back at the fence as you ride away from it either. “You need to keep your horse in balance,” explains Yazmin. “Train your eyes to look at the top of the fence on your approach to help you judge your distance. As soon as you’re going over, look up and ahead at where you want to go.” On landing, keep looking ahead — even moving your head slightly in the direction you want to go can act as an aid to direct your horse, making for a smoother turn.