im Wofford’s Jumping Academy
Course 2: Advanced Gymnastics
Once you and your horse have worked your way through all the gymnastics in Course 1, 6 Weeks to Better Jumping, you are ready for more complex challenges. This set of exercises will help you both continue to develop your flexibility, control and skill.
The Signs of a Well-Trained Horse
Having a well-trained horse comes down to this: If you soften your hands and close your legs and your horse surges forward, that is a good sign. When you soften your legs and squeeze your hands and your horse slows down, that is also a good sign. If you press with one leg against your horse’s body and he steps away from the pressure, that is also a good sign. If you soften one hand and squeeze the other and your horse turns toward the firmer hand, that is a very good sign.
When your horse does all these things calmly and consistently, and can jump obstacles that are suitable in size and type for you both without losing his mental or physical balance, then he is well-trained.
The gymnastics that follow will help you and your horse achieve these objectives.
Through videos, text, detailed exercise instruction, downloadable PDFs and assessments, Jim will cover:
- How to combine skills practiced individually in Course 1 into a connected series of obstacles
- Developing flexibility in your horse’s stride and his ability to react quickly to obstacles of different size and shape
- Changing direction in a gymnastic, which aids in jumping courses
- Jumping on curves
- Keeping your horse’s balance while he jumps
- Improving your horse’s head and neck carriage over jumps
- Teaching your horse to use his back while jumping
- Teaching your horse to adjust his jumping efforts relevant to the next obstacle
- Increasing flexibility in jumping with bounce gymnastics
- Teaching horses to jump calmly and not rush their progression over obstacles
- Jumping up and down slopes and over banks, ditches and into water
- Jumping narrows and corners
How It Works
You may complete the learning units at your own pace, using a Wi-Fi connection. You will have access to the course and its resources any time.