to feel the horses beneath themselves and become aware of the sequence
of footfalls. By matching horse and rider movement and balance, the
horse-rider team complement each other when negotiating obstacles. From
the small ponies to the large warmbloods, all horses are schooled allowing
the natural carriage and balance to propel them over the obstacles.
Riders are taught to ride' over the obstacles - not just jump'
over them. Freedom of movement and balance, position and unity (style)
are instilled into each rider. Riders not only learn how to ride over
the obstacles, but also how to ride during the approach and between
each obstacle. Only once the true quietness, suppleness, and obedience
has been achieved, can the essence of style jumping be appreciated.