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Training your horse to jump 'scary' jumps

August 2012 by Susan Kjaegard

Training your horse to jump ‘scary’ jumps

By Susan Kjaegard

Article first published in Horses and People Magazine and reproduced with permission.


Taking your jumper to a horseshow usually means getting the horse exposed to many different colourful and potential fear-eliciting stimuli (otherwise known as ‘spooky jumps’!).

Some horses are more fearful of such ‘scary’ objects and jumps than others and I often meet riders who have problems with their horses refusing to jump the colourful ‘scary’ jumps.