Jumping riding Part 4: Course jumping

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When riding a show jumping course, the first step is to develop a routine and improve the horse's confidence. For this purpose, various obstacle combinations are repeatedly ridden and varied at a fluid pace. A slow-motion analysis shows the viewer what is important. Refusals should be avoided as much as possible and always corrected with positive experiences in the course.

If a horse strains so much that it cramps and mistakes occur, low, casual jumps help at the beginning of the training before the demands are slowly increased. The higher the degree of difficulty of the course, the more important it becomes that the horse always stands by the aids of the rider. Disagreements can easily bring horse and rider out of tune and lead to mistakes.

For the stinging tight turns and fast push-off be practiced. "If you want to turn around after the jump, you do not want to jump to big," says jumping pro Elmar Pollmann-Schweckhorst. The analysis of the trajectory shows, with which enormous scope a well-trained jumping horse can be led to the different jumps.

You will learn in this video:

  • The difference between jumping schooling and course riding
  • How to improve safely the tempo, turns and track in course training
  • How to adapt your riding to the difficulty of the jumps

Further videos in this series:

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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