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Key Elements To Consider In Show Jumping

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Getting over the course with no faults and creating a seamless and effortless looking ride is the ultimate goal of the show jumper. However, getting to this level of skill, balance and athletic ability for both horse and rider takes a lot of work, often years, especially when you are looking at national or international levels of competition.

While most riders and horses aren’t going to compete at these high levels, it is still essential to ensure that you have the best possible performance. All horses and riders can constantly work on balance, flexibility, suppleness, stride and gait as well as actual physical ability and jumping ability. Often horses that are trained just in the show jumping style without adding horse gymnastics reach a maximum level of ability and plateau. While all horses and riders will have an upper level of competitive ability it is still possible to continue to improve on technique and style, ensuring that you both keep getting better.

One key element to consider in show jumping training through the use of horse gymnastics is the automatic ability of the horse and rider to adjust to different gaits and moves. Although the course is set and you certainly can practice in advance there are always those little things that come up during the competition that need to be adjusted for right then and there. If the horse doesn’t have confidence in his or her rider and own ability and the rider doesn’t know how to communicate changes with the horse the result in s a less than perfect ride or even a full refusal. In worst case scenarios a fall or accident can also occur due to confusion between horse and rider.

Learning stride length and balance and how to control the horse up to and through the jump is really the most key element of jumping. Teaching this by simply jumping repeatedly will improve your horse’s skills, but not lead to a better ability to control and correctly position the horse to take the jump. While the horse may be the muscle behind the team the rider needs to be the brain, thinking ahead, adjusting stride and gait and even correcting for lead and balance dependent on what happened on the last jump or when rounding the end of the arena. Simple little teaching techniques such as half-halts and counter canters can make all the difference in allowing the rider to get the horse right where he or she needs to be to take that jump perfectly.

Of course this level of teamwork only comes from learning the basics and working up. Training using the trot poles and Cavalettis to get a feel for stride length and adjustments is essential. If you don’t use horse gymnastics training in this basic work you are really limiting how far you and your horse can go, regardless of his or her athletic ability. It is amazing how many riders and trainers don’t focus in on horse gymnastics training and end up staying at local competitive levels while the international trainers incorporate it as a basic warm-up even with their highest level competitive riders and horses.

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Source by Cathy Barrea

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The Nix Brothers Arrive at the Show

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In today’s society, brothers seem to be the hot-ticket not only in music (Jonas) but in cinema (Coen) and slogans (Hulk Hogan’s “Brrrrother”). But there is another fairly-unknown brotherly duo that has made their way onto the baseball scene that could give B.J. and Justin Upton a run for their money as the best brothers in the sport. I am talking about Laynce and Jayson Nix.

Laynce was born in October 30th, 1980 in Houston and was lucky enough to be drafted in the 4th round of the 2000 draft by his hometown team, the Texas Rangers. He spent nine seasons in the minors piling up 114 homers and 475 RBI’s before his call up to The Show. He also carried a modest .280 batting average and a tough .481 slugging percentage in the minor leagues. The 6’1, 220 pound, left-handed Laynce is currently a left and right fielder for the Cincinnati Reds.

Younger brother Jayson arrived on the scene on August 26th, 1982 in Dallas, Texas. Jayson is slightly smaller than his older brother, weighing in at 5’11” and 185 pounds (hence the term, “little brother”). Jayson was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the first round of the 2001 amateur entry draft. Jayson has since moved onto the Chicago White Sox since then and was recently called up to The Show. He left the minor league carrying a scary .450 batting average with a .500 slugging percentage to boot. Jayson is primarily a second baseman but has played third base and outfield for the White Sox.

As of late, these two brothers are proving to be a more dangerous combo than Mario and Luigi. On May 26th, Jayson smashed two home runs and led his team to victory over the Los Angeles Angels and a little more than a week later, on June 3rd, Laynce cranked two home runs and led his team to victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

If you’re looking at these brothers from a fantasy baseball perspective, Laynce would be the front-runner but only because he will see more playing time in Cincinnati and his power numbers are slightly higher right now. Ozzie Guillen has also stated that Jayson will be his “reserve” player. In Guillen-speak, this means that Nix will only be used to give the other fielders a rest when needed.

At this point, the Nix brothers’ potential is unknown just like that “Y” in both of their names.

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Source by John Earnhart

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