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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.

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