Mastering the rollback turn is a fundamental necessity for any aspiring jumper or equitation rider, says hunter/jumper trainer Greg Prince from his Woodridge Farm in Sherborn, Mass.
Prince, who has coached numerous riders to regional and national equitation finals, begins teaching the components for a rollback turn early in a rider’s career. “In anything other than a maiden equitation class, you’re going to see rollback turns on course, so riding these turns needs to be part of every rider’s basic skills.”
A successful rollback turn involves a combination of skills—precise flatwork, jumping and turning, jumping on an angle and planning lines. Before you attempt these difficult turns, bolster your confidence by practicing each component separately.
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