Showjumping Fundamentals Part 1: The Correct Riding Rhythm



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At the beginning of our jumping training or even as an experienced jumping rider, we often wonder how we can improve our feeling for the correct distance and, therefore improve the way we approach the jumps. In this video, Lars Meyer zu Bexten explains why flatwork basics are required and what exercises can help you improve your eye for the distances.

Before starting your jumping training, it is important for your horse to be responsive to your aids. You should be able to lengthen or shorten the strides with leg aids and your seat. A nice, active and controlled canter is also essential. Only once you're able to ride on the flat with a good canter rhythm and have your horse responding to the aids, can you then start your jumping training.

Several exercises can help you to improve your eye for a distance. It's important to always start with easy exercises. Poles on the ground and small jumps are enough to get you started, riding distances between jumps in a straight line as well as in combinations is the next step.
 
 
Further videos in this series: 
 

You will learn in this video:

  • What dressage basis is required for jumping successfully
  • Which exercises can help you develop a feel for distances
  • Why your riding rhythm is so important for your training

Lars Meyer zu Bexten

As a member of the Junior European Championship-winning Team, Lars Meyer zu Bexten was a very successful jump rider at an early age. Today the former National Trainer for Young Riders shares his knowledge as an international trainer and judge with the show jumping riders of tomorrow.

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