Preparation is half the battle. This also applies to jumping exercises for horses – ‘just do it’ is not the right strategy here. It is much more fun, and much safer for horse and rider, if you prepare yourself step by step and grow with your tasks. This article provides four basic show jumping exercises for you to tackle before venturing onto your first big course with your horse. If you already have show jumping experience, these tips and exercises may help you to improve. Only by correcting the causes can you avoid knocking poles, refusals, or even falls.
Dressage fundamentals‘No dressage, no jumping’ is no longer an insider tip. Nevertheless, one sometimes sees show jumping riders and horses who can’t demonstrate the necessary dressage basics needed for successfully completing a show jumping course. In our video "Basic Jumping Part 1: The Fundamentals of the Jumping Position & Preparatory Dressage Work” you can observe basic jumping exercises in detail in a riding lesson with show jumping trainer Eva Deimel. Here is a little checklist to get you started:
- Is your jumping position correct?
- Can you ride your horse with a constant, light contact?
- How is your extension posture?
- Do you know how to help your horse achieve inner and outer composure?
- Can you keep your horse in balance, even when riding on the second or third track?