With jumping, like many things in life, success depends on getting the foundations right. With the basics in place, you can build up your skills with confidence and progression comes more easily and with that in mind it's important to remmeber that without a secure jumping position, you can’t expect to ride a good round.
This exercise is all about maintaining a good position.
- Maintain a forward position throughout the grid.
- Try to avoid throwing yourself over the jumps ahead of the horse.
- Relax your top half and hands, and don’t throw these forward either.
- All your movements need to be fluid and minimal.
When you are going smoothly through the grid, feeling secure and balanced, try adding an extra twist to the exercise. Place a marker a short distance away from the last fence and aim to turn right or left in front of it. This will encourage you to sit up after the last fence and look forward to the marker, before turning your head and shoulders in the direction you want to go. This will help you be in a good position for riding a course.