Show Jumping for Beginners: Top 3 Tips from Kimberly Dey
Horseback riding is challenging enough as it is when you’re only starting to learn the basics, but show jumping is a lot more challenging and harder to learn. Kimberly Dey shares that show jumping isn’t for everyone. You must have the determination and stamina for it, and you must really want it. If you feel that show jumping is the discipline that you’d want to master among all other disciplines in English horse training, here are few tips that Kimberly Dey would like to share:
Perfect your balance
Perfecting your balance helps keep the seat on your horse’s back in place whether he’s walking, trotting, galloping or jumping. With that said, take your time learning how to develop your secure-seat. This will also allow your horse to get used to having you on his back as he moves through different gaits.
Never rush your horse
You may be ready for the big jumps but that doesn’t mean your horse is too. Start with small, low jumps and slowly work your way up. Initially, the jumps must be small enough for your horse to be able to jump over them either from a walk or standstill. This may seem contrary to the advice of never rushing your horse, but when he refuses a jump and appears to want to walk away, gently stand your ground. Do not push him to jump at your bidding but don’t let him walk away, too. Stay and stand your ground no matter how long it takes until he feels comfortable and confident enough to jump.
Train with a professional and experienced instructor
When you and your horse are only beginning to learn how to jump, it’s best to train with a professional. Never learn the basics on your own as this could be dangerous for you and your horse—you both could end up hurt or badly injured.
Finally, Kimberly Dey advises training progressively. For each day that you train, start with the basics first and then move on to the more challenging jumps as your training day progresses.