Improving your Stadium Jumping with Waylon Roberts

Your dressage tests have been getting good marks and your horse is jumping confidently on the cross-country course. But when you get to the stadium jumping phase, does it all fall apart? Eventer Waylon Roberts says a common issue he sees in the stadium phase is that a positive, forward rhythm has not been established early enough, meaning the horse is underpowered throughout the course and the rider has to struggle to get the proper momentum. Another problem is horses coming through a corner bent to the outside, because the rider is trying to keep him deep into the corner. The rider needs to teach the horse to stay off the inside aids and come onto the outside leg and rein so that his hindquarters will follow his shoulders through the turn, thus keeping the horse's eye on the jump through the corner. Here are some exercises he recommends to…

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