I recently competed in another competition, this time it was a show jumping competition. To prepare for this I followed the different exercises on this blog. I jumped a course at home a few times to get my horse used to the fillers and different jumps as well as the space we were going to have.
I carried out some flatwork where I worked on my horse’s trot as he is not established enough to be cantering into jumps, yet. As I have mentioned before flat work is crucial at all levels, even when jumping as this is the foundation of your competition round. As without well established flatwork your horse may misjudge a jump and knock it down or they may be unbalanced round your class.
In the video below you can see my round from competing in the 75cm class. I was placed 4th in this class, despite having no faults. The reason we were placed 4th with no faults is we didn’t have the speed to place higher, this is because I chose to trot round the course as the canter I currently have with my horse is unbalanced and would’ve likely resulted in us knocking a jump down and perhaps missing out on the placings.