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Getting a Feel For Forward

There is an important distinction to be made between correctly riding forward in balance and rushing at high speeds, as riding correctly forward means that you are galloping from leg to hand. Riding forward comfortably and in balance requires the skill of at least an intermediate-level rider. The rider needs to be at a point in their education where they can understand that going forward will result in a better jumping effort from the horse. The more forward the horses are travelling, the straighter they are. The basis of jumping is that the horse is straight and travelling between both shoulders and both hips. Most young people in the early stages of their riding education will learn to gallop because they are brave, but not with a connection. It's great that they are learning to gallop to the jumps, but once they get over that stage of youthful confidence, they…

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