Jump exercise has two parts.

Varticle jump improve method (In any way I can get it to work for my horse) - Step up straight and firm, and look towards the gate - Ride forward with straight legs, looking slightly towards the gate (not straight at the pole, but towards the line it represents) - Extend straight legs, not in a straight line, but towards the line - Ride forward.

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The third and fourth parts of the exercise are like the last, but this time looking towards a point on the far wall.

If your horse is already balanced, the exercise is easy.

You just ride forward and out to the end of the poles.

Once your horse is balanced, ride up and over the other end of the poles, again looking slightly towards the far wall and, again, not directly at the pole.

Riding over the poles looks a bit like trotting over little stepping stones, and is a good test of how a horse is balanced.

During the exercise, look at the direction you're going.

You want to remain straight, looking ahead of you, not backwards.

Steer your horse with your legs, not with your hands.

And you want to maintain your balance!

Make sure the pole is clear and always look ahead.

If you leave that pole between you and your horse, the exercise has been a failure, and you've lost control and there's danger!

Be aware of the wind!

The horses aren't conscious of wind, so they can get whips stuck in their faces!

Think of your horse as another human, with a clear mind.

How would you behave under the same circumstances?

If the horse were your spouse, would you trust him / her to balance a briefcase between your legs as you walked between your car and the garage?

What if you'd just been shopping, and were coming home through the park, and your horse needed to take a dump in the field?

Would you trust him to look out for you, rather than focus on his own business?

What if you couldn't balance your own groceries on your head in the pouring rain?

Would you put them in a bag before you tossed them on your horse?

If you're supposed to be looking for the bird, your eyes will be on that point of interest, rather than the bird itself.

This works even with background or ambient objects, like trees, parked cars, posts, etc.

You need to control your horse's head, or he'll drift off into space and the exercise will be a failure.

Keep your eyes on the pole.