n0-st1rrups asked: you seem like such an amazing rider! How many times a week do you ride and I was wondering if you could give me some tips and tricks to improve my eq and jumping?
thank you so much!!
I try to ride as much as possible, I used to ride everyday and show almost every weekend of the year. Unfortunately, I don’t have as much time anymore to live on the road with my horses…so I ride as much as I can during the week and the showing has been pretty slow so far this year.
Tip to improve your eq? Hmm, I guess I’d have to see you ride to give you my opinion but things that have helped me out..
-ride as much as possible, and as many horses as possible
-riding different horses really helps you learn to be adjustable
-taking lessons from different trainers or listening to other trainers give their students advice (learn from what they teach their students)
-watching videos of you riding and watch videos of professionals and compare your position to theirs and see if you can figure out how to look like they do
-working out on a regular basis (cardio and weights, you might not realize at first but it REALLY helps in the long run, and also improves your athleticism so you’ll be able to ride more horses for longer without getting worn out) strong muscle also helps you to “sit and look pretty” while you’re actually working your ass off to get your horses to do what you’re asking.
-if it’s an equation class, go in the ring and show off your eq, sit the trot instead of post (little things like that show the judge that you’re confident and can do more than what the course is asking.
-NO STIRRUPS (hate to say it, because I know it’s miserable…but seriously, just do it. I promise you it will help. Jump with no stirrups, posting trot for as long as possible without the stirrups (this is where working out comes into play)
Hope I could help a little…these are just some things that I do that has helped me! Remember, every horse, rider, and trainer are different so don’t always stick to the same plan. Learn how to be a diverse rider and listener, different tricks will help in different situations. Riding is never consistent!!