1. It's all about timing. The ideal time is when the front hoofs are tucked underneath the horse.
If you are a little slow on the shutter release button, you'll end up with an image closer to this one.
Notice how the legs are coming down and getting ready to land. This image doesn't have the same visual impact as the one above it.
3. If at all possible, shoot horse going over obstacles that conceal their hind legs. There are times where their back hoofs are still on the ground as their front legs start coming down for the landing.
This image does not have the same impact as the one below because you can see the back hoofs still on the ground.
This horse's hind hoofs are probably still on the ground, too, but because you don't see them, the overall image is more striking to the viewer.
This is one of my favorite images from the set. The timing was right, I like how the rider's position matches that of the horse, it all came together nicely.
If you'd like to see more shots from this event, check out my site, John Shippee Photography. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments section.