Skill one: Adapt his stride

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A jump-off is fast and you can’t guar­an­tee you’ll get the stride you planned when you walked the course, so it’s essen­tial to adapt your horse’s stride be­tween fences. “You want your horse to re­act quickly to your aids in a jump-off,” says Yazmin. “Some­times it doesn’t go to plan, but be­ing able to shorten or lengthen your horse’s stride helps you stay on track.”

How to ride it

a) Go large around the school in can­ter and set­tle into an even rhythm. b) Down the long sides of the school, lengthen your horse’s stride. c) Keep your leg on and your body up­right. d) Along the short sides of the school, col­lect your horse’s can­ter. e) Raise your hands slightly and push into your heels, light­en­ing your seat and keep­ing your body up­right. f) Re­peat the ex­er­cise around your school, length­en­ing on the long sides and col­lect­ing on the short sides. g) Change the rein and re­peat in the other di­rec­tion. THE NEXT LEVEL: Put two poles down the mid­dle of your school or pad­dock, with seven of your horse’s strides be­tween them. Ini­tially, can­ter over the first pole and can­ter seven strides to the sec­ond. The next time around, lengthen your horse’s can­ter and aim for six strides be­tween the poles, in­stead of seven. After that, col­lect his can­ter and aim for eight. With each rep­e­ti­tion, al­ter the num­ber of strides be­tween the fences. Once you’re con­fi­dent, make the poles into small jumps and re­peat.

Lighten your seat to help your horse col­lect his can­ter

Use your leg to en­cour­age your horse to lengthen his stride

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