Have you decided to start riding again after taking a long break from the sport? It's not as easy as it was when you started. But not to worry, we have some insightful advice on common issues, like fear and fitness, for those of you getting "back in the saddle."
How many times have you been frustrated that your leg slips back in the air over a jump?
Getting tight in the air when riding requires well practiced techniques, exercises, and of course, experience. Bernie Traurig has a little tip for riders on how to stay tight against the saddle. With the help of Maclay Champion Zazou Hoffman, in this video Bernie shows us how a little can of sticky spray can become an essential item for all equestrians to keep in their bag of tricks.
As most of us know, boots get very dry and slippery and so can your saddle, especially in the hot sun. When this happens you have very little friction and you tend to slide easily. This can be frustrating, but it is fixable! All you need to do is take a little sticky spray, which you can pick up at your local tack shop, and apply it to the on the inside of each calf, right where your leg compresses into the saddle. This is a very important area where you want to have friction and not feel loose in the air.
If you like this tip and want some other techniques to stay tight in the tack over jumps, we recommend:
Air Time – Getting Tight In The Tack Over Jumps With Zazou Hoffman
Maintaining a secure balance with your horse over the fence is crucial. In this video Bernie outlines a series of exercises designed to improve your balance & security in the tack – beautifully demonstrated by Maclay winner, Zazou Hoffman.
Running Time: 12 minutes and 47 seconds