We all screw up sometimes…
We’ve been picking on dressage a bit lately, so today we’re going to give some attention to jumper riders instead. One thing that is disturbingly common in the jumper ring is people (and horses) trying to do a whole lot more than they’re capable of!
I (Jumper Girl) get it. I really do. I get that this is an outtake video and showing the worst of the worst at your barn. I also get that jumping is fun. A hell of a lot of fun! Way more fun then spending hours at a time working without stirrups, doing transitions and serpentines and leg yields and all those other things that make your seat and leg more secure and your horse more responsive.
But can I let you in on a little secret? Jumping is even more fun if you do the other things first. I promise! Correct that swinging lower leg and stop pinching with your knee and all of a sudden you won’t lose your balance so easily! Get your horse responsive to transitions, especially within a gait, and it will be way easier to rate him and adjust your distance to a fence. Hell, just train your horse to move straight and forward first and jumping will come a lot easier.
Then maybe people won’t give you such a hard time about your bloopers video. For one, there won’t be nearly as many of them and, more importantly, they won’t be the result of such blatantly bad riding. There will still be screw ups; nobody’s perfect, but at least they won’t happen again and again and be so painfully predictable.