Since I will (hopefully) be doing some jumpers this year, I asked my Twitter followers for some tips on getting into the jumper ring. I know, personally, I’ve seen some scaaaaaary jumper rounds, and I wanted to be as prepared as possible – not that I don’t think my trainer will prepare me enough.
Here’s some of the feedback I got!
“BREATHE. Always breathe and always stay on your toes. Fast is not [t]he key, smart is.” – KatiesTackTrunk
“If you focus on a balanced powerful canter you can leave from a lot more options & everything will feel less frantic/complicated.” – HD_Eventing
“Your speed is nothing if you can’t balance your corners and your horse. Just start out having fun and then build up your speed…” – Terise Cole, guest writer.
A lot of Twitter followers also suggested dressage work, adjustability and pace work, and focusing on one of the show jumping greats: McLain Ward who exhibits great equitation while still throwing down flawless, technically correct rounds. Another Twitter follower suggested counting strides to the jump and keeping an even pace – a favorite thing my trainer tells me to do.
Do you do the jumpers? What tips do you have for making sure you have a flawless, correct round?