Below you will see a great tips to connect with your horse
If you are in a good soft forward position on take off your horse will close the angle between your hips for a balanced jump.
Don’t jump ahead: Anticipating the jump or jumping up the neck can put you out of balance with your horse and it is a dangerous habit, especially if your horse suddenly refuses. Don’t worry about jumping fory our horse or folding extravagantly over the fence. If you are in a good, soft forward position on take off, your horse will close the angle between your hips, resulting ina balance jump. Beware if you approach the jump with a very upright upper body because you will have to catch up with your horses and this may also cause your to throw your body at his neck on take off. Maybe you have picked of your horse or the opposite problem of getting left behind because of lack of confidence if that’s thec ase relearn your horse rhythm overp oles and small jumps. A grid od poles or small bounces with no strides between each fence can help you to relax in your horse’s rhythm
Improve connection: IF you arei n the habit of catching your horses’ mouth in the air or want to improve your connection over fences or cavalettis set at one stride apart or bounces can help you balance on yourh eels rather than your hands. PRactise keeping your hands wide and alongside the neck.
Arms and hands: YOur elbows should be bent and relaxed, maling your arms elastic and there should be a straight line bewteen your elbow and your horse’s mouth. YOur thumbs should be on top with your wrists at a slight 45 angle inward towards your horses mane. Close your hand around the reins and anchor them withy our thumb and forefinger. The way you position your hands over the jump will affect the way your horse stretches his neck and uses his body over the fence. They should follow your horses movement over the jump, pressing slightly into the sides of his neck. Witht hese your hands pressed into the neck you will be able to support your upper body as you go over the fence and you will not flop around on his neck if he has a powerful jump. By keeping a straight line from bit to elbow you will maintain connection with your horses mouth and be ready for whatever faces you on the other side of the fence.
Seat: Your seat isa n important aid and can have a positive effect on your horses jumps. you should be sitting towards the front of the saddle in the twist the narrowest part with equal weight on each seatbone. It’s good to adopt a forward light seat when jumping theny ou will be in the right positon as your horse goes overt he fence.y our horse should be light on your aids and not need too much encouragement from your seat. Some riders have ahe bad habit of sitting back in the saddle tooe arly over the jump which this can result in your horse knocking the fence with his hindlegs especially if it’s an oxer. Keep your seat out of the saddle until your horse land. Think of maintaining your jumping position for two strides after you have cleared the fence.
Legs: Your legs and seat are your bases of support. Keep your heels down and your stirrups on the balls of your feet. Your weight should be evenly distributed throughout the entrie length of your leg. do not pinch with your knees. Your legs position can help or hinder your upper body position. Legs that are too far forward can tilt your upper body behind the vertical but if they aret oo far back they can tilt your body forward. Both positions render your vulnerable should your horse stop suddenly so keep your legs under your body juse beside the grith. WOrk regularly without stirrups un jumoing position and soon you will haves stylish postion.