This book is designed for training jumping riders and horses whether schooling at home or under instruction in group lessons or as individuals. It provides a collection of exercises on the flat and over poles and fences as well as detailed background information on jumping technique and tips on how to achieve a clear round in faultless style. The book includes: the five stages of the horse’s jump (approach take-off jump landing departure); the effects of the rider’s position (i.e. what happens when the rider is tight with the reins sits down too quickly moves too quickly over a fence or is in front of the movement or left behind it); fences to improve the horse’s jump; overcoming typical problems and faults; flatwork exercises to improve the horse’s canter and turning ability; pole work; grids and related distance; influencing the canter lead over a fence; building and riding courses; indoor cross-country practice; tables of distances; and notes on fence building.

Author Notes: Melissa Troup BA, BHSII is the centre manager for a large equestrian and training centre in Kent.  She is the author of Themed Lesson Plans and Everyday Jumping.

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