Jumping riding Part 1: Jumping acclimation & Basics of jumping flat work



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Free jumping a horse can already give you an idea of his capacities. However, many of the first inconsistencies can be counterbalanced by technique and continuous training. The true foundation of a good jumper is his pleasure to perform. The inner will to develop body and mind separates a good from a talented showjumper. It must, therefore, be the goal while riding jumping to maintain and promote this enthusiasm of the horse.

The right time to start jumping is not set in stone, it depends mainly on the right tasks. In the first jumping sessions, the horse must feel safe with the surrounding and the correct assistance. He should systematically be introduced to small jumps first. Elmar Pollmann-Schweckhorst explains how to gently and continuously increase the requirements, so as not to overwhelm the horse and to give his tendons and ligaments the necessary development time.

Also, in show jumping, the scale of training forms an important cornerstone for successful and healthy riding. In the later jumping courses a high degree of permeability is needed to rhythmic tempo and canter changes, changing between long galop lines and short turns.  The video demonstrates how the individual components of the training scale are interrelated and how an imaginary course helps develop forward going and carry capacity.

Further videos in this series:
Jumping riding Part 2: Improve jumping technique through dressage work
Jumping riding Part 3: Correct Typical Errors & Improve nuances
Jumping riding Part 4: Course jumping

You will learn in this video:

  • How to introduce a young horse to showjumping step by step
  • What is the training scale in show jumping
  • How you can train to ride the jumping course without using any jumps

Elmar Pollmann-Schweckhorst

The globally active trainer passes on his over 35 years of experience in jumping to promising talents. He manages Gut Bärbroich as an international performance center and is dedicated to horse and rider training as well as the breeding of jumping horses. 

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