Video Helps Demystify the Technical Side of Show Jumping

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Show jumping may look like it's all speed and bravery, but this video reveals the technical side of show jumping that many people overlook. 

Any show jumper knows that the sport is more than just galloping toward big fences and urging your horse to clear them. There's a lot that goes on that the eye cannot see, from choosing angles to adjusting stride length to creating and maintaining impulsion in the horse.

This amazing video breaks down the technical side of show jumping, while also driving home how much our favorite riders have to think about during each and every course.

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In show jumping, accuracy is the name of the game. Whether you're trying to go clear in the first round or riding against the clock in the jump-off, bringing down a rail won't help you to win. That's why show jumpers need to have an extensive understanding of how their horses' bodies work, how physics work, and how they need to set their horses up for different types of jumps.

None of the techniques and ideas in the video would be possible if you don't have excellent control of and communication with your horse. That's why dressage is so important, even for horses and riders who only compete over fences. Dressage allows us to better communicate with our horses, so that a shift of our weight or a little extra squeeze of the reins elicit a definite and accurate response.


Whether you're just starting to jump crossrails or tackling four, five, or six foot fences, the same jumping fundamentals apply. The earlier you can start to master and understand them, the better.

Did this video help you see anything in a new light? Let us know in the comments.

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