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How to Improve Your Jumping Position Over Fences

If your horse rushes fences, knocks rails or balks at jumps, the first thing you need to do is to make sure you are not interfering with his ability to jump well. If you are not balanced and supple, you will not be able to follow your horse's movement. You will jump ahead, fall back or use your reins to balance. An independent seat - in all gaits and transitions - is the foundation for every activity you perform with a horse. You need to be balanced, supple and helping your horse lift his back, engage his hindquarters and carry himself off his forehand. This foundation needs to be well-developed on the flat before the rider starts jumping. A really well-schooled and well-balanced horse may be able to jump adequately despite any weaknesses in the rider, but most horses will not. Many lose their confidence about jumping and develop bad habits…

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