Big Horse JumpsGreat horse jumps
The horse's capacity to leap at a certain skill threshold is dependent on three different factors: a horse's capacity for nature, a horse's knowledge of many different riding conditions and self-confidence. In order for a horse/rider couple to be successful in the various stages of today's races, a satisfactory proportion of all three must be present, otherwise it will quickly disintegrate even during the first try.
Notice that I speak more of "difficulty" than "height", because so many other things make a certain "height level" more or less intricate. I have learnt as a course builder and previous participant that these are mainly the width, the distance between the fencing and the technique of the course.
Since the different stages are progressing at the level applied for, it is always all the other elements, and it is usually the less evident issues of a particular course that actually represent the greatest challenge. Especially the width, because only a few drivers (except the most experienced) give this aspect a lot of heed.
However, broader jumps are usually more important for the horse, as they have less room for manoeuvre over larger spreading. They are at greater danger of losing their equilibrium, which is a greater challenge for most of them than to roll a stick out of the gait. Also in the higher parts the distance becomes more demanding, because the usual step extension or increased speeds, as is usual for less advanced drivers, becomes a major issue when the jumps are higher/further and the distance between the jumps becomes more important.
In order for a driver to be able to move up the hill with self-assurance, he must be sure of a few things. First, that your horse has the skill, the expertise and the self-confidence to cope with anything that might appear. As a general rule, the less experienced the horse is, the more it should have. Equestrians who know each other well and have been successfull in the lower range over a longer term should consider an uptrend.
One thing that makes a good horse or a good horse is how well they get along with something that doesn't go exactly according to schedule. Has your horse the necessary skill and technology to master this close range in jump-off? They are not crucial when the jumps are small, but these fine points become more important as the distances become more challenging.
I' ve never thought it would be a good idea to always skip "your special size" at home school. Horse and riders should always be at ease when they occasionally leap far above their current high. Be sure that the bigger and broader jumps are the ones where horse and horseman are safe and brave.
Big jumps aren't more complicated, it's just that all the flaws you can overcome (and may not even notice) with smaller jumps become much more apparent. Use what worked well for you in the past instead, and if you have difficulty with large fencing, go back and adjust what is weaker for you or your horse over smaller jumps.
The inherent talents of a horse are usually much more than most people use. The horse either has something that the horse has when you first earned it, or is something they get over the course of times with a variety of different excercises in the workout, along with appropriate classes at shows. Trust, for both horse and horseman, is something that needs to be built and nurtured to deal with, learn from and shake off harsh places.
If horse and horseback riding have designed efficient instruments to handle demanding conditions, these conditions become fewer and performances become more smooth and even.