It is essential for horse riders to keep on practicing their skills so as to remain competitive in the horse jumping competitions. The following are the guides to horse jumping training.
When you want to be a great horse jumper; you first need to look for a coach or instructor who will be guiding you through the whole process. It is vital for trainees to look for an instructor who will guide them through the whole training process, from securing the right sitting posture to walking around with the horse. Training is essential since it enables the trainees to shorten their stirrups a hole or two prior to jumping in order to stay at the horse’s center of balance throughout the jump. In addition, it is vital to always look straight over the fence if they want the horse to jump over it, if one fails to so , it can affect the horse’s balance hence making it not to jump as intended.
During jumping, it is vital for riders to position their hands slightly forward when they are about to approach a fence, this will enable them to avoid hitting the horse during impact. For riders who find it difficult to stay balanced while riding the horse, they can use a neck strap, the strap prevents the rider from bouncing around and falling. Furthermore, in order to be in control of the horse, you can use a whip especially when the horse seems to run out of the track, strike the whip on the side that the horse seems to be running out of the track; however, caution needs to be taken when using the whip since when you use too much pressure, you can harm the horse, alternatively, you can use a whip that is less painful.
Jumpers need to be confident enough when approaching a fence, contrary to this will make the horse fail to jump over the fence since it will think that the jumper is not ready to jump over it. While training, ensure that you have control over the horse, do not allow the horse to rush when moving or jumping, let him do things as you have instructed him.
Being consistent with the riding style is essential since it will make the horse to adapt to the style hence improving the way it responds to the instructions. Riders need to avoid jumping with the horse on the same fence over hundred times as this will make the horse to be bored with the place and refuse to jump.