It is essential for horse riders to keep on practicing their skills so as to remain competitive in the horse jumping competitions. If you intend to be a professional horse rider; you need to consider the following guides.
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. During the training, you need to ensure that your stirrups are shortened at least two holes before jumping, this will enable you to bring your body weight forward so you can stay over your horse’s center of balance throughout the jump. Furthermore, when jumping, riders need to always look straight over the fence since when they down they can affect the horse balance hence making the horse not to jump well.
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. Moreover, it is essential to put on a neck strap if you find it difficult to balance at the back of the horse. 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.
When you are about to reach a fence, you need to be confident enough that the horse will jump over it, failure to do so will make the horse know that you are scared hence he will fail to jump. It is crucial for riders to exercise control over their horse in order to avoid accidents that may arise when the horse tries to do things in rush.
Besides, riders need to ensure that they have maintained the style of riding, when you are consistent with the style, the horse will adapt to the style hence making him to respond better to the instructions. Just like how people get bored when they do something over and over, horse also feel the same, when training, do not jump over the same fence more than hundred times as this will make the fence get bored hence refusing to jump over it.