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Tip of the Day – Leave those last 3 strides alone!

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I had a helpful reminder this weekend about leaving the last 3 strides of a fence well alone.

I am a fiddler – I cannot help myself on a horse which does not pull and I tend to make the quality of the jump worse through lifting my hands or interfering. My friend Tom was given the same advice, but he is the opposite and tends to drive with his leg too much on the last 3 strides which results in a flatter jump. Both of us saw much better results when we sat quietly and supportively rather than becoming actively involved in the last three strides as it was too late at that point.

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An amateur rider who produces all her own horses. I have competed at novice level and sadly never got further due to bad luck with horses but I am still ambitious to achieve a lot more. I have a riding qualification in UKCC2 and a diploma in NLP. Sports science and particularly the mental game fascinates me. For a day job I work for a large multinational brand.

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