Jumping a Horse Over Obstacles: A Guide to Proper Technique and Partnership


by Al Badia,

Jumping a horse over obstacles is an exhilarating experience for both the horse and rider. It requires skill, precision, and a strong partnership between the two. Here are some basic steps to follow when jumping a horse over obstacles:

  1. Approach the jump – As you approach the jump, make sure your horse is in a steady rhythm and balanced canter. Keep your eyes up and focus on the center of the jump.
  2. Takeoff – As you approach the jump, shorten your reins and sit deeper in the saddle to prepare for takeoff. Keep your leg on the horse and give a light squeeze to encourage them to jump.
  3. Flight – As the horse jumps, release the reins slightly to allow them to stretch their neck and back over the jump. Keep your upper body upright and look ahead to the next jump or obstacle.
  4. Landing – As you land, absorb the impact by bending your knees and ankles. Keep your weight in your heels and maintain a light contact with the horse’s mouth.
  5. Recovery – After landing, resume your normal canter and prepare for the next obstacle.

It’s important to start with small jumps and gradually increase the height and difficulty as your skills improve. Proper training and conditioning are also important to ensure the horse is physically capable of jumping and to prevent injuries.

Jumping a horse over obstacles can be a thrilling and rewarding experience when done safely and with proper technique. With practice and patience, horse and rider can develop a strong and confident partnership in this exciting equestrian discipline.


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