Get jumping! This collection presents a logical series of fun and rewarding exercises that are designed to develop your horse-jumping skills. With straightforward instructions and clear arena maps, this guide can be hung on a pole and easily referenced from the saddle. In addition to clearly articulated goals and progressively difficult variations, each exercise also includes encouraging advice on what the rider should keep in mind while jumping. Saddle up and get ready to fly through the air with grace and confidence.
About the Author
Linda Allen is an Olympic course designer and an internationally recognized clinician on riding, show jumping, and course design. She is a former rider for the United States in international jumping competitions, and she designed the show-jumping courses for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as for other major international competitions. She is a licensed judge and a columnist for The Chronicle of the Horse. She lives in Salinas, California.
Dianna Robin Dennis is a full-time equestrian writer and lifelong rider. She has written for many equestrian magazines in the United States and abroad, including The Chronicle of the Horse and Equestrian (Horse Show) magazine.
Read an Excerpt
Riding and jumping, like most other activities, are best learned by doing. Practice is as essential for riders as ongoing training is for horses, no matter their current level. The old adage "Practice makes perfect" works best when modified to say: "Perfect practice makes perfect."
This book is for riders and instructors alike. The exercises are fairly straightforward and can be used by horses and riders at every level of experience. Keep in mind that even the easiest exercise can be difficult to ride perfectly!
These exercises are designed to be used by:
- Pleasure riders who are simply looking for new ways to enjoy their horses. The ground pole exercises, even without any jumping, improve accuracy, security, balance, and control, while offering an easy and fun new aspect to riding in the arena.
- Riders who are totally new to jumping, feel the urge to try it, and wish to do so in a way that is simple, safe, sensible, and fun.
- Novice, intermediate or advanced riders looking for an effective way to improve their basics, correct their weaknesses, or brush up their technique.
- Instructors seeking a variety of ways to help their students learn and have fun in the process.
- Trainers looking for a step-by-step system to introduce jumping to the horse and ideas for overcoming some of the challenges faced with horses at every stage of training.
- Experienced competition riders eager for a fresh perspective on achieving and maintaining the competitive edge of horse and rider alike.
The majority of these exercises are rider exercises. To be done correctly, they require that the rider be totally focused and aware of each and every step taken by the horse. They also require, and thus teach, the important skills of keeping your mind focused ahead of your horse; your movements quiet, controlled, and ever so slightly behind those of your horse; and your balance perfectly in sync
Table of Contents
1. Basic Exercises from the Walk and Trot (Exercises 1-25) (14)
2. Turning Pole into Jumps: Gymnastics (Exercises 26-40) (66)
3. Gymnastics with Varying Strides (Exercises 41-49) (98)
4. Using Gymnastics for Both Turns and Straightness (Exercises 50-53) (112)
5. Canter Exercises: Poles (Exercises 54-64) (122)
6. Canter Exercises: Jumps (Exercises 65-73) (146)
7. Encountering Challenges (Exercises 74-95) (166)
8. Exercises for the Most Advanced Horses and Riders (Exercises 96-101) (196)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love this book! It is best not to buy it on an e-reader becase you will want to take it to the barn with you and flip through it before you ride. Plus it is easier to read in a spiral bound book format.
This is a great book for new riders who are just learning the basics or seasoned riders who want to use the excellent gymnastic exercises described by this well know course designer to polish their riding. The exercises are specific, well described and illustrated, and the point of the each exercise is well discussed. Great Book! Thank you for putting it together, Linda.