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Hunter Jumper

Bad spots aren’t the only cause of refusals. Here are three more issues that could put the brakes on your jumping. Riding the Wrong Track: A course of jumps is really just a flatwork pattern consisting of lines and half-circles (turns)....
Horse and rider jumping over a crossrail

See Spot, Jump

"Don’t blame your horse. You rode him to an impossible spot.” If you do much jumping, you’ve probably heard your trainer—or highly observant equestrian friend—utter that admonishment after a refusal. Don’t be discouraged. Possessing a natural “eye for a distance”...
Jumping is fun, whether you pop over a few fences at home or compete your pony at shows. But how can you make sure jumping is as much fun for your horse as it is for you? Jumping shouldn’t be...
This article was originally posted on May 23, 2007 Q. I used to do well in my hunt seat equitation classes, but my new horse has a really bouncy trot. It's fine when I post, but I have trouble holding...
English riding hand position

Improve Your Handiwork

When it comes to horsemanship, much of the focus is on the proper use of our leg aids. But what about our hands? Horses are great at letting us know when our hand aids are either too rough or simply...
Thirty-five horse-and-rider pairs entered the Alltech Arena on Saturday evening to take a shot at winning the $250,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Lexington. Eight different countries were represented, and all members of the U.S. show jumping teams for...
The United States driving team made history on Sunday, the final day of the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018, winning its first-ever gold medal for the discipline. The last test in the three phases of combined driving is the...
In a competition where scores were calculated down to a thousandth of a point, a tie seems unlikely. But that’s exactly what happened today in the team jumping final at the FEI World Equestrian Games 2018 Tryon. The top ten...
Thursday was another marathon day for show jumping, vaulting, and para-dressage at the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018. No medals were awarded in jumping or para-dressage, but vaulting awarded its medals for the pas de deux competition after...
Whether you’re just learning to jump or you’re an accomplished rider, finding a distance to a fence can be tricky. Finding a distance is when you can see a very specific point on your path to the fence where your...
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