Jim Wofford

Tack Choices Can Affect Your Horse's Performance and Attitude promo image

Tack Choices Can Affect Your Horse's Performance and Attitude

When it comes to matching the right tack to different horses, says Jim Wofford, there is no one-type-suits-all.

Jim Wofford: Change the Rules—And Change the Sport promo image

Jim Wofford: Change the Rules—And Change the Sport

Jim voices his concerns about rule changes in eventing.

Tuck and Roll for Safer Horseback Riding Falls promo image

Tuck and Roll for Safer Horseback Riding Falls

For when—not if—you fall off your horse, here’s how to make the best of it.

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Jim Wofford: Perfect Riding Position: A Moving Target

Your horse’s motion is the real determinant of your riding position at any time.

Cross Country with Jim Wofford: Horses for Courses promo image

Cross Country with Jim Wofford: Horses for Courses

Jim Wofford gives advice on how to find the right eventing prospect for your level and aspirations.

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Jim Wofford: The Ideas of March

Legendary eventing rider and coach Jim Wofford guides you through the transition from winter layup to thinking spring.

Jim Wofford: Cross-Country vs. Show-Jumping Form: The Same But Different. promo image

Jim Wofford: Cross-Country vs. Show-Jumping Form: The Same But Different.

The two over-fences disciplines, cross country and show jumping, share some common elements.

If you study every aspect of your sport while you are on the ground watching others ride, chances are you will be a better rider when you are back in the saddle. At first, you will have a hard time focusing. Improve by watching only one small part of the overall picture. For instance, sit by the warm-up ring during a jumping competition and watch the horses’ faces as they approach an obstacle. With practice, you will find that eventually you will be able to notice several things at once about the performance. | © Amy K. Dragoo

Learn from the Other Guy's Mistakes

Jim Wofford explains how to make the most of the time when you’re watching instead of riding.

Draw Reins: A Good Teaching Tool Only IF ... promo image

Draw Reins: A Good Teaching Tool Only IF ...

Are draw reins for horses a destructive gadget or useful training aid? Jim Wofford walks the razor's edge.

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Jim Wofford: Improve Your Lower-Leg Position Over Jumps

Practice these three exercises from Jim Wofford to strengthen your lower-leg position for security and effectiveness.

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Improve Your Galloping Position for Cross Country

Balance is the key to helping your horse make the best use of himself on cross country.

This is a good example of a show-jumping saddle. The balance point is in the correct place, the knee rolls are not going to interfere with the rider. | Photos ?Stacey Nedrow-Wigmore

Make Sure Your Jumping Saddle Fits <i>You</I>, Too

Use Jim Wofford's simple test to find out whether your jumping saddle is working with you?or against you.