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Earlier this year, in partnership with feed manufacturer Dodson and Horrell two Your Horse magazine readers won our Goal Getter competition.
One of winners, Charlotte Witcombe travelled from Southampton to Wiltshire with her horse Princess for their lesson with event rider Harry Meade.
Charlotte has her eyes firmly fixed on qualifying for the 2019 Mitsubishi Motors Cup at Badminton with her horse Princess.
The focus of their lesson was to help the ex-racehorse make a better shape over her fences.
Harry uses several different exercises during the lesson to help both horse and rider to concentrate and ride accurately.
By the end of the lesson there was a clear improvement and Harry's exercises could help your horse too.
Want to learn more about what the exercises Harry suggested? Check out the new issue of Your Horse magazine - on sale Thursday 28 June.
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Without a secure jumping position, you can’t expect to ride a good round. Top show jumper Laura Renwick is here to help you get it right.
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.
Exercise three - Standing trot
Be warned – this is deceivingly difficult. This exercise is a really good test of your balance – and is also a great way of improving it.
Stand up in your stirrups and try to balance. If you are too far forward, you will quickly tip and lose balance and, if you are a little too far back, you will sit back down. A simple way of incorporating this exercise into your everyday routine is to get into the habit of changing the diagonal by standing up for two strides rather than sitting down.
Show jumping trainer, Carol Mailer, gives her top tips to prevent your horse from bouncing on the spot and refusing at fillers.
If your horse bounces on the spot when slowing down to a fence, the first thing to sort out is the safety issue – it’s no good having a brilliant jumper if he bounces you out of the saddle.
As soon as he starts bouncing, try standing in your stirrups and let your joints, hip, knee and ankle absorb the bounce so your top half stays balanced and safe. You will be far safer if your weight is well into the stirrup rather than plonked down on the saddle so any little bounce throws you up into the air.
The stopping at fillers tells me he’s got into the habit of pleasing himself instead of co-operating with you. The secret is in pushing him into a supporting and effective contact so all his energy is gathered and he starts to work forward instead of bouncing on the spot.
If he is a brilliant jumper, once he’s obedient to your leg aids, the refusals should be a thing of the past. Of course, it seems crazy to push a horse who is already going too fast or bouncing on the spot, but more consistent pushing will not make him go any faster, he’s already doing that.
If you have to change the bit to harness all that energy more consistently, then you must try it. I’d recommend the Dutch gag (or bubble bit or three ring – I’ve heard it called all of these) and I’d also recommend using my own design of bridging rein which helps enormously and stops your horse pulling the reins through your hands. Check out www.mailerbridgingrein.co.uk.
Make sure you recognise that, with better brakes to steady him, you must use more leg. As well as feeling safer and being able to pull up, being able to brake will make your legs more effective, too.