24. Aug. 2020.

THE WATER JUMP

The water jump is not a normal fence, in terms of materials, dimensions and effort required.

First of all, it is not an obstacle made of bars but of a shallow rectangular pool filled with water. Generally on the bottom a blue rubber mat bordered by white edges is spread out so that the water does not drain into the ground and so that the horse can clearly see the size of the pool. A low element is always positioned in front of the water jump, and it can be formed by small gates, flower pots or a small hedge.

The difficulty of the water jump lies both in the water element itself which can worry some horses and in the effort required that, instead of elevation, must be of extension. In the most prestigious shows (and in the most difficult classes) the water jump can exceed 5 meters!

Before jumping over the water jumps of this size, horses are trained for years on small liverpools also surmounted by normal fences, so that they become familiar with the element of water and with the color of the blue mat.

For experienced riders and horses, the water jump is a routine fence, which they face practically every weekend. Riders and their horses are used to it and therefore usually have no problems with jumping. But it is also true that the course designers prepare the show in such a way that the water jump does not represent a trouble itself but this problem can be the following fence, maybe a challenging vertical to face which the horse must be able to come back to balance.

So what is the best way to prepare for the water jump? The pros keep calm and slightly increase speed already during the turn before the water line. The horse must always feel the presence and intention of the rider who must be precise and maintain a good position in the saddle. The distance of the take-off is close to the jump, that is, near the hedge or the small gate. Jumping only 50 centimeters earlier can result in a mistake in receipt, with one foot on the plasticine or even in the water. The rider already knows what awaits him after the water jump and therefore is already prepared with his eye and body to direct the horse in the right direction.
In this picture we can see Darragh Kenny riding Balou du Reventon on the water jump of the Nations Cup in La Baule Csio from last year.

To protect Balou's legs Darragh chooses Carbon Gel Vento "Save the Sheep".

 



 

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