If your goal is to ride better jumping rounds, mastering the fundamentals is a great place to start! Nations Cup show jumping rider Sloane Coles, 5* FEI Grand Prix jumper rider Kama Godek, successful hunter trainer Louise Serio and renowned hunter/jumper/equitation trainer, judge and author Holly Hugo-Vidal explain how the fundamentals—like finding a distance and rider position—can help improve your rounds.
- Adjusting the Girth While Mounted: Sloane Coles demonstrates how to correctly adjust your girth while mounted. The foot should go forward, but don’t take it out of the stirrup
- Rider Position—Full Seat and Half Seat: Holly Hugo-Vidal describes the different types of seats—three-point, two-point, light seat and driving seat and how to use them.
- How to Walk a 12-foot Stride: Kama Godek explains and demonstrates how to practice and then walk off a standard 12-foot stride.
- Long and Low Hunter Warm-up: Louise Serio believes flatwork is an important part of any ride. In her warm-ups, she likes the horses to go long and low with forward impulsion from the leg.
- Seeing a Distance (Part 1): Hugo-Vidal has a rider on a green 4-year-old Thoroughbred trot two standards set on a diagonal. The rider focuses on keeping an even rhythm.
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