Originally Posted by Shasta1981
Get really good at dressage. You absolutely have to know how to balance your horse on XC. You will be more confident too.
Also go to lots of non recognized events just to watch and see what level you would EASILY be able to do. It may help your mom too. At low level events, they have levels that are 2' or less and very welcoming to new riders or riders coming from different disciplines.
You can also try riding out on paper chases and hunter paces. These events give you the feel of xc but you're usually allowd to ride in a group and can skip scary fences.
Start low and only advance when you have fully mastered and at least been top 3 2x in your division. Having a well schooled horse is the best way to go.