Problems and solutions

It is we, the riders, who teach horses to rush jumps with our mistaken behaviour and habits that we often not even aware of. Tension and fear for example lead us to instinctively use our legs or flap our hands and, therefore, our whip too if we are carrying one. Our seat becomes rigid and, without noticing it, we push the horse forward with excessive and useless movements. It is clear that by doing so are sending signals to our horse that are not the intended ones.

But the solution is not out of reach: it is our mind that always allows us to maintain the correct attitude, be calm and concentrated. We must therefore ‘reprogramme’ our aids and the resulting horse’s reaction to flee, replacing bad habits with new and correct ones that will inspire the horse to be calm and consistent.

Michel Robert for Team WOW