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The 5 Phases of Jumping

IMPROVE YOUR WORK OVER FENCES BY BREAKING IT DOWN FROM TAKEOFF TO LANDING.

To understand how to achieve a better result without worrying about seeing strides, it’s helpful to break down jumping into five distinct phases: the approach, takeoff, in the air, landing, and getaway.

You need to keep uppermost in your mind that all jumping revolves around two qualities: line and pace. This is assuming that all jumps will be taken from the canter. The word “pace” will describe the speed and quality of the canter. Let’s look more closely.

PHASE 1: THE APPROACH

The first phase is very important and has various components.

THE LINE: In the early learning stages, course designers will set lines that are straightforward, normally giving riders enough time between the jumps to recover the quality of the canter before the next fence. As the horse and rider’s education improves, the jumps will come more quickly and the lines become more difficult to ride before you even present to a fence.

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