Please enjoy tips 21-30. I'm a big fan of number 23!
21. Good technique isn’t just about what the horse does over the jump.
22. When jumping a combination, don’t ride into it with too much pace because your horse will learn to jump flat and run on the landing. Give him time to adjust his weight onto his hocks.
23. Canter, rhythm, line. Get it right every time.
24. The better the approach the better the chance of the horse jumping clear.
25. Ask your horse to develop and improve. Don’t be frightened to test your horse.
26. When you land, ride straight on and stop. Your horse should not turn left or right until you tell him to. By doing this in your schooling sessions, you will find that your horse will learn not to lean on you after landing because he knows he is going straight on and then stopping. As a result he will begin to soften automatically on the landing.
27. As the height of the spread at the end of the grid goes up, don’t ride it any differently. Teach your horse to think for himself and to work out what he has to do.
28. Use a grid to improve your technique – your horse will learn that he can’t rely on power and forward momentum to succeed but has to use his power to generate an upward force. Helping him learn that technique will score dividends for you in the show ring.
29. Change the rein regularly or you will develop a one sided horse!
30. Make sure you don’t sit up and sit down into the saddle too hard.