The Jump

When the rider prepares to jump, she goes into a "two-point" or jumping position, putting her weight on the balls of her feet. Lift yourself slightly out of the saddle and lean forward. Then keeping her back straight, she lifts herself slightly out of the saddle and leans forward.

She will stay in this position while the horse is in the air, going back to her normal riding position when the horse touches the ground. Some riders will hold onto the mane, it won't hurt him.

Some Jumping Tips

  • Shorten your stirrups two holes, unless you use long stirrups.
  • To keep your horse interested, don't jump the same jump over and over.
  • If your horse refuses, make sure you take it again, and put leg pressure on the side that he ducks to.

Here is the right way to learn to jump:

At first an inexperienced rider should use a neck strap so that there is no risk of a nervous or frightened rider pulling hard on the reins and jabbing the horse in the mouth with the bit.

For the approach, sit down in the saddle, keeping close contact with your legs and the horse. Support your weight with your thighs and feet, not with your hands. Never look down, and only use light contact on the reins. You have to allow the horse freedom to move his head and neck.

When the horse leaves the ground, bend your body forward coming slightly out of the saddle. Once in the air, follow the horse's mouth with light contact, bringing your body even farther forward to maintain the center of gravity.

As the horse lands, bring your body back to the normal riding position. And don't fall off!

Taken From Horse and Horse

The Equine

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