Reading this article on jumping was very strange for me, because it disagrees with my beliefs on show jumping. This article holds you are only a “passenger” on the horse and you shouldn’t interfere what the horse does.

“The reality is, your horse doesn’t jump because you make him. He jumps because there’s a stationary object in front of him. If he is concentrating on jumping and not what you are telling him to do when he is preparing for his takeoff, he’ll jump much better. So remember that you are just a passenger, and the less you interfere with his balance and rhythm, the better he can do his job, which is to jump.” ( Shelley Campf, page 46)

I hate she uses the word “passenger”.  You should be a rider, not a passenger. By reading this article by Shelley Campf , two things got clear: She doesn’t train difficult or young horses, secondly clearly she has never been smashed to a bar by a mean horse because of trusting in him too much.

I am not saying you cannot trust in your own horse which you ride every day but you do have to do work on the horse not just “traveling”.  You have to show to the horses, you are the leader or the “boss” who they should listen to. And if your horse accepts you as his superior, you have a bright future to work together.

She is right in the case: you can buy horses with great ability and desire to jump, but not all horses like that. Those horses are rare and expensive and yes, they would do all the work instead of you. This is the amateur riding style, this is not the professional level.

Campf, Shelley. “GET “IN THE ZONE” FOR BETTER JUMPING..” Practical Horseman. 40.2 (2012): 42. Print.

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