It is essential for horse riders to keep on practicing their skills so as to remain competitive in the horse jumping competitions. If you intend to be a professional horse rider; you need to consider the following guides.
When you want to be a great horse jumper; you first need to look for a coach or instructor who will be guiding you through the whole process. Furthermore, having a coach is essential since he or she will assist the trainee to identify the right sitting posture when riding the horse. Training is essential since it enables the trainees to shorten their stirrups a hole or two prior to jumping in order to stay at the horse’s center of balance throughout the jump. Furthermore, when jumping, riders need to always look straight over the fence since when they down they can affect the horse balance hence making the horse not to jump well.
During jumping, it is vital for riders to position their hands slightly forward when they are about to approach a fence, this will enable them to avoid hitting the horse during impact. If you find it hard to balance on the back of the horse, you can use a neck strap that will hold you firm hence preventing you from falling when riding the horse. Furthermore, in order to be in control of the horse, you can use a whip especially when the horse seems to run out of the track, strike the whip on the side that the horse seems to be running out of the track; however, caution needs to be taken when using the whip since when you use too much pressure, you can harm the horse, alternatively, you can use a whip that is less painful.
When you are about to approach a fence, it is vital that you be confident that you and the horse will jump over, failure to do so will make the horse think that you are too sacred hence making it not to jump as well. While training, ensure that you have control over the horse, do not allow the horse to rush when moving or jumping, let him do things as you have instructed him.
Furthermore, you need to be consistent with your riding style, do not change the way you ride regardless of the type or size of the fence you are approaching. Riders need to avoid jumping with the horse on the same fence over hundred times as this will make the horse to be bored with the place and refuse to jump.