Establish a relaxed canter or trot toward the jump. When you are about three strides out, open your hands out from the sides of the horse’s neck; the left hand moves 6 – 8 inches to the left of the horse’s neck, the right hand moves 6-8 inches to the right of the horse’s neck. In essence you are forming, physically and in the horse’s mind, an inescapable corridor to the jump. You can either be sitting or in 3-point position. Your elbows, hands and the horse’s mouth are in a straight line. As the horse lifts into the jump, you must go back to the proper jumping position. And, need I say, THUMBS UP before, during and after jump.