Developing Jump Position & Confidence

Who is this for? – Beginners: Adults, children, and those returning to ridinglearn to jump

This 7-session course is a mix of Simulator lessons and school horse sessions – imperative for those learning to jump – de risking the activity by reducing the risk of falling. This course also suits those who have jumped in the past and are suffering either a loss in confidence or have had a break from jumping and want to get back into it.

Jumping carries a higher risk of a fall to a rider, as a greater skill set, and confidence levels are required to carry out this activity.  Nervous riders and those new to jumping can often use the reins for balance over a fence, which causes pain to the horse, which can react negatively. Rider body weight can also get “left behind” the jumping movement of the horse – subsequently causing a fall if the rider is thrust onto the horses’ neck on landing.   The simulator gives riders the ability to make balance related mistakes without hurting the horse or falling off, and to perfect their jumping technique.  The simulator will help riders learn to jump and provide feedback on balance, jumping position, and timing. Helping riders to a level of security and increased skill before they move on to the real horses, reducing the risk of jump related falls. It is very important to understand that 95% of jumping is flat work skill, and only great flat riders make good jump riders.

Key benefits:  – Progressive de-risked development, data analysis rapidly improves rider technique, improved balance over fences, better timing, excellent foundation to jumping knowledge and skill, improved core strength when taken in quick succession

Those new to jumping at Rein and Shine will need to take this course, or individual simulator sessions until the data provided demonstrates the riders is of a suitable level to begin jumping school horses. This is in the interest of rider safety.

Adult Weekend £450                   Adult Weekday £408

Child Weekend £408                     Child Weekday £371

Session 1 Simulator – Taking riders up the paces and continuously measuring balance to identify areas needing support for jumping. Riders will jump through a gymnastic grid and work on timing, position, and technique.
Session 2 Simulator – Using the data from the previous session riders will work to jump and improve their skill – the data demonstrates if the riders balance and timing are “with” the balance of the horse - and not against it.  All the time the riders balance is against the horse, the rider will not yet be secure enough to jump horses in the arena, as there will be a high risk of falling.
Session 3 Poles session – riders will work in the arena and work to perfect canter poles and single poles – which in a later session will become small jumps. This exercise improves position and skill, as well as strength building for jump riders.
Session 4 Simulator – Riders will continue their grid work jumping and work to improve their data feedback of timing and balance. Working always to keep their centre of gravity over the horses’s centre of gravity through their fences. Riders will have the opportunity in this session to move on to the Simulator’s warm up paddock with fences should the grid work training show promise.
Session 5 Poles and small cross poles session in the arena. If riders are not ready to start jumping cross poles in the arena dictated by simulator information this session will continue to develop rider balance and position over canter poles.
Session 6  Simulator – riding a course of jumps – working on approaches, balance, impulsion, and timing. Keeping the horse in a “jumping canter” at this stage as well as rider timing will be a step up in ask of the riders as they jump a whole course of fences.
Session 7 Grid work in the arena – working to utilise all the support provided by the simulator in previous sessions to stay in balance with the horses and jump through the grid successfully.