Stride Control

Exercises to Improve Rideability, Adjustability and Performance

Jen Marsden Hamilton



ISBN: 9781570769733


CATEGORY: Riding & Training

BINDING: Paperback

EXTENT: 176 pages

Stride control (striding) is an essential part of any rider’s development when jumping obstacles, and jumping them well, is a goal. Understanding and implementing stride control (being able to adjust the number of strides before and between fences) improves a horse’s rideability and allows the rider to further improve the horse’s technique over an obstacle.

Jen Marsden Hamilton discovered striding from the master himself: former US Show Jumping Chef d’Equipe credits her as being the first student to whom he taught the method that he’d learned from Bertalan De Némethy, one of his mentors. Now, after coaching countless riders and horses around the world in the striding techniques that brought her success during her own impressive competitive career, Hamilton has compiled her knowledge in a concise book of exercises and insightful strategies.

This fun, approachable guide will help all riders train with correctness and form good habits at home so they can be stars at their next jumping or eventing competition. Exercises include detailed set-up instructions and illustrations for reference; clear discussion of the purpose and strategy for the training session; and helpful tips, to ensure all involved are benefiting from the lesson.

Throughout, Hamilton’s straight-talk and wry humour provides entertainment as well as advice, providing an all-around superb guide to this necessary jumping skill.

Meet the author Jen Marsden Hamilton

Jen Marsden Hamilton is an internationally renowned equestrian coach. Based in Canada, she travels throughout the world training horses and riders. For over 45 years she has combined her Bachelor of Education with the most current coaching and equestrian training to nurture the next generation of star athletes.

Jen has also represented her country as a coach to young Canadian riders at international team competitions throughout North and South America.