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Roma Plastic Jump Cups (Pair)

Horse jumping is a difficult feat to accomplish, unless you really know what you're doing. It takes a lot of skill to handle the horse. From going over poles on the ground to jumping six foot fences, the rider must always be aware of what they are doing and where they are going. The poles are called cavaletti. There are many different kinds of jumps. An oxer is a double jump. An in and out is where the horse jumps over one, lands, and jumps over the other one without taking a stride in-between. There is a special position that the rider must be in for jumping the horse. It is called the two-point position. In this position the rider leans forward over the horse's neck and lifts their seat out of the saddle. The purpose of two-point position is to follow the horse's center of gravity as it goes over the jump, so that your weight is not dead weight on the horse's back. Even if you're a good rider, it may very well be several years before you are ready to begin jumping. In fox hunting, the rider must have the ability to handle the horse over fences and brush in the field.

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