To get the most out of your horse’s jumping ability, you need to be in balance with him. One common mistake a lot of riders make is throwing themselves into their jumping position too soon. Doing this will not only knock your horse off balance, but it’ll also leave you with nowhere to go if he suddenly decides to do an emergency stop. Here’s how you should be sitting on the approach to a fence, over it and on the landing side.
After landing, remember to keep going and not allow your horse to stop straight after the fence. This is a bad habit that a lot of riders get into, so keep cantering until you reach the track and only then bring your horse back to walk.
4) “As he descends, begin to sit back up. Try to sit up as soon as possible on landing so that you’re sitting up tall and looking ahead for whatever’s coming next.”
1) “On your approach, stay sitting up, keeping your horse between your leg and your hand,” explains Yazmin.
3) “Keep pushing into your heels to keep your legs still and look ahead. Your hands need to allow the horse to stretch his neck and make a shape.”
2) “Stay sitting up until you begin to feel your horse lift off the ground. This is when you can fold into your jumping position.”