In many classical riding schools, riders were taught jumping before dressage.
By learning to jump, these riders learned how to go with their horse, follow their movement, go forward, and not micro-manage every stride.
The horses also learned confidence, coordination, and developed power in their movement.
For the rider, jumping position, done correctly, teaches the most fundamental movement of good riding – fluid movement in the hip joints.
However, many of the riders I know that start riding and jumping, especially as an adult, are not taught how to feel this movement in their hips for jumping – or for riding on the flat.
As a result, jumping can feel pretty scary, with riders feeling like all they really know to do is “hang on”!
There is also a misconception that to jump, the rider needs to “get into jumping position”.
In reality, the horse’s motion over the jump folds the rider into the jumping position – as long as the rider is not tense and bracing, and understands how to remain fluid through their hip joints.
This is why the classical riding schools taught jumping first – learning to follow the horse with fluid hips is every bit as important when riding on the flat as it is over jumps.
In today’s video, I am here with Wendy Murdoch, anatomy and movement expert and instructor of our Effortless Rider Jumping Course, to share one exercise you can do while watching the video to feel this fluid movement and understand jumping position – and get the benefits even if you don’t jump!
SPECIAL JUMPING BUNDLE (save $200)
Are you interested in more exercises like this one to have a solid, effective jumping position?
The key to safe, fun jumping is to practice exercises for a secure position and to teach your horse to be confident and coordinated, so they never develop the bad habits of stopping, rushing, or running out that can make jumping so scary.
Here at HorseClass, we offer two jumping courses that make a great all round horse and rider jump training package.
The Effortless Rider Jumping Course with Wendy Murdoch will give you all the exercises you need to soar with your horse over the jumps, while Building the Showjumper with Angelo Telatin guides you through step by step gridwork to train your horse to be a confident and safe jumper.
You can get both courses in a special jumping bundle for $200 off.
Check out these courses with the links below – you will find the Jumping Bundle payment option on each of those pages so you can get the $200 bundle saving!
The Effortless Rider Jumping Course with Wendy Murdoch
Building the Showjumper with Angelo Telatin