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CREST RELEASE TECHNIQUE

GIVE WITH YOUR HANDS TO HELP YOUR HORSE OVER FENCES.

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 hard for your horse—if you’ve ever seen him run and play in the field, you’ve most likely seen him jump for joy! If you watch closely, you’ll see that he doesn’t hold his head high in the air and hollow his back when he jumps; he lowers his neck and lifts his back.

With that image in mind, it’s plain to see that your horse won’t enjoy jumping if you’re pulling on the reins when he’s trying to use his body to get over the fence—even a tiny one! If you pull back while your horse is jumping, you’re giving him mixed signals. Your body and legs are saying, “Jump!” while your hands are saying, “Whoa, pony!” So how can you make sure you’re giving him as much freedom as he needs? Work on your crest release!

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