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How to Improve Your Horse’s Front End and Jumping Technique

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Submitted by member: Lucy

I do the high junior jumpers and sometimes my horse will drop his front end at verticals. Is there anything I can do to improve his front end and jumping technique?

Answer by Bernie

I love bounces for improving the front end. You can start with a simple bounce, two low verticals about 12′ apart.  Once comfortable set 3 and 4 low verticals same distance apart. If he is responds well I have a really great gymnastic on called “The Winkler.” It’s a bit more advanced but you will see on the topic how you can set it to trot in and make it easier for a less experienced horse.

My advice is to work on these bounces two to three times a week at low heights. Then blend them in to your normal schools as a reminder for his front end. It will take several months to improve it significantly but it’s worth it.

Video Recommendation:

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The Winkler Gymnastic
Bernie Traurig
In this video, Bernie shares with you one of his favorite gymnastics designed to improve your horse’s agility, front end (technique), rhythm & balance.
Running Time: 10 minutes and 32 seconds

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