Jumping Riding Part 2: Improve Jumping Technique Through Dressage Work

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Looking at three examples of horses in training we can see that a fluid and stress-free showjumping session without looseness and an accepting contact is not possible. Numerous transitions, circles, and voltes help to encourage the horse to respond better to the aids. If the collection improves and the horse is more through, the riding of a figure of eight can be integrated into the jumping training.

If the horse rushes at the jumps, calmness and patience are required. Quiet halts, half halts and transitions help the horse accept the requests of the rider. The rein back should serve as a means of communication and not as a punishment. Using the analysis of images of a special camera, the viewer sees how the horse gradually develops the ideal flight curve over the jump.

In this video, the interlocking of the components of the training scale with good jumping becomes clearer. With targeted trot work, the third example, with a horse that tends to push her back away is counteracted before the jump. The spectator can observe how an improved contact in canter significantly influences the approach and the course of the showjumping training. 

Further videos in this series:

Jumping Riding Part 1: Jumping Acclimation & Basics of Jumping Flatwork
Jumping Riding Part 3: Correct Typical Errors & Improve Nuances
Jumping Riding Part 4: Course Jumping 

You will learn in this video:

  • The importance of the basic dressage work in the showjumping training
  • What some typical jumping problems are and how to solve them
  • Simple exercises to keep your horse attentive during jumping training

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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