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Panel Expert: Bernie Traurig

Submitted By Member: sharonbradford

Loving the videos… many thanks. I’m coming back to jumping after a 20-year break and have a good horse and we’re doing well as a team. I feel as if I’m spending too much time worrying about my distances and have begun to pick. I tried you’re advice about jumping with reins in one hand which was helpful. Other advice please?

Answer By Bernie

What works well is holding the reins between your thumb and index finger. I recommend you watch the video “Developing Good Hands” on our website.  This will lighten up your contact to some degree, which may help with this issue. Also try making the fences a bit smaller where you are quite comfortable and not concentrating so hard on the distance and let your horse do some of the work. Relax, loosen up, and let your horse pick the distance. This is much easier for you and the horse over smaller jumps (horse specific). Then gradually raise the jumps and when you find you start to “pick,” drop the height down again a bit. Watch all the topics on the site that reference eye exercises as well. Good luck!

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Bernie Traurig

As a Horseman, Bernie is renowned for not only his riding talents but for his teaching and coaching gifts. As a competitor, Bernie has represented the United States Equestrian Team both at home and abroad on many occasions and reached the top of the sport in all 3 of the International Equestrian Olympic disciplines: Show Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing.After amassing 60 years worth of training and riding techniques and experiences with thousands of horses, Bernie is driven to give back to the sport that has given him so much fulfillment and success.

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