Does your horse get anxious about jumping?

By Lisa Barry, FEI 5* Rider and Trainer

Go back to basics and make your exercises simple. Start with just poles on the ground and gradually build up to jumps. Add halts at the end of the exercise or begin the exercise at a walk to help keep the horse from getting too excited. Slowing things down allows the horse to understand what you are asking of them and helps them learn that it’s no big deal.

About Lisa:

Lisa Barry is a four-star event rider who has been riding and competing horses for 29 years, and has 16 years of international competition experience. Her horses have had top placings at many FEI events including at the Advanced/CCI4*/CCI5* level. Lisa has trained with Karen O’Connor for 25 years, and has worked for and ridden with Karen and David since she joined the O’Connor program as a working student when she was 17. Lisa competed at the 2015 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event aboard her beloved FIS Prince Charming, aka “Peanut,” a tiny, feisty New Zealand OTTB. Lisa is currently training and coaching out of Lexington, Kentucky and Ocala, Florida. If you have questions for Lisa or would like to learn more about her program email her at

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