For those new to horseback riding, the thrill of riding an excellent horse can compare to no other experience. New riders benefit from trainers who can guide them by learning the basics about horse care and equitation, promoting the riding team’s welfare and improving their skills together. When learning how to jump a horse, or when a more experienced rider trains an inexperienced horse, three significant benefits transpire for the horse and rider through using schooling horse jumps.
Utilizing schooling horse jumps improves the safety of both the horse and rider. They offer a safe way to teach a horse and rider to jump because the jumps can easily be lowered and raised to different heights so that those learning can begin with very low-level jumps. Then, after much practice and determining that the riding team has attained security in their skills, the instructor can gradually raise the jumps to increase the difficulty.
Schooling jumps can break down into individual components for training purposes. This type of practice makes it easier to learn new skills. For instance, beginners can ride over poles laid on the ground, and the horse can get used to the equipment by riding nearby and between empty jump standards. Later, when riders attain essential skills, poles can be laid on the ground leading up to the approach to low jumps to help train them to get into the jump correctly.
Horse jumps used for training purposes can vary widely. Schooling jumps provide an excellent way to introduce both horse and rider to different types of jumps in a safe, controlled environment. Jumps with more height and a greater spread, along with various features such as water jumps, rolltop jumps and many others, can be gradually added to the riding team’s jumping repertoire until they gain the desired experience.
Proficient riding instructors at well-stocked stables keep a selection of schooling horse jumps available for students to use during lessons to improve the skills of both horses and riders.