Create the canter you want to jump a fence in plenty of time before the jump so that you get to the fence in the best way possible.
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I like riders to canter in a light seat to start with — it helps them feel what is going on underneath them. Ride medium canter on the long side then balance to working canter on a small circle — this helps get the hind end underneath the horse while staying forward. Jumping courses is about being able to maintain a quality canter all the time. Read these top tips from performance psychologist, Charlie Unwin, to help you get a head start this season. Keep your reins short and work the horse up to the contact to stop them getting on the forehand.
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I like to use more oxers than uprights in training as the horse has to work through its body more over a spread fence. Home Features.
Showjumping training. Warming up at a horse trials before going into the areana. Credit: Alliance Roads Policing Teams. It's tempting to want a young horse because you think you might bond with it more if you train it, or so your kids can grow up with it, but that could be a bad idea. There are two-year-olds that are saints and easily ridden by the most inexperienced riders and there are senior citizens that are still a handful, even for an experienced horseperson.
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An older horse often has a lot to offer, despite its age. Even an 18 or year-old horse can have many years of use proper care and ponies even longer.
For those just learning about keeping and riding a horse , an older horse may be the best choice. When you are starting out, your best option is to buy a horse that you can get on and enjoy right now, even if it is an older horse.
When it comes to horses, 'older' usually means ten to fifteen years old, but many horses in their twenties are still great riding horses. If you only plan to ride recreationally once a week or so, an older horse is a perfect choice.
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An older horse can give you the chance to polish your skills, without having to worry about training the horse or teaching it to behave. All of this will have been done for you by previous owners and handlers. Young horses are often less steady and have less training, handling, and experience. Their reactions are not as predictable as an older 'been there, done that' horse. Young horses need riders or drivers who can foresee problems before they begin. New riders will not know what to train a young horse so it becomes a safe and reliable mount.