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Jumping is not as effortless as a lot of great riders make it look. If you want your horse to be a good jumper, you've got to put in the time. A couple times a week of training isn't going to turn your horse into a champion. So, if you want to do well in competitions, dedicate yourself and get down to business.
First things first, you should have a disciplined exercise regimen that not only takes your horse through the basic jumps but also challenges the horse. You and your horse must get used to each other and establish a kind of communication—this isn't a one man or one horse show, it's a team effort.
If you're lost about where to get started with jumping, ask around about recommendations for a good instructor. Hands-on instruction is one of the most effective ways to improve your riding. Additionally, it's smart to read some horse books specifically on jumping. These types of books can get you in the know about jumping exercises that every horse and rider duo should know. And, for experienced jumpers, these types of books can offer fresh perspectives that can give you that extra boost you to the top of your game.