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post #1 of 9 Old 12-04-2011, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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Cross Country tips

I wanna start Cross Country.My mom doesnt want to do it because she says its too dangerous,more dangerous then hunters.Does anybody have some tips to make it more safer,and just like tips on cross country?
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I started doing XC a counple years ago and came from hunters where I was jumping max 2'9". So I had a pretty steep learning curve and I managed to be fairly safe.

First, I only ride expereinced horses. This helped me safely acquire the skills and experience to ride XC confidently.

I sit taller XC than I do in the arena over jumps. That way if the ground on the landing side of the jump is lower than take off I don't go over the horse's head.

I also would say that having a strong leg is the best thing to keep you safe. I do lots of stiruppless work to help with this.

Body protectors help, but they won't protect against all injury.

Don't do anything you are not comfortable doing - live to ride another day. :)

catsandhorses is an American living in Ireland and riding mostly XC with "Bob". She is looking forward to buying a new horse when she returns to the U.S. in January'2012!
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Get really good at dressage. You absolutely have to know how to balance your horse on XC. You will be more confident too.
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post #5 of 9 Old 12-04-2011, 09:22 PM
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Get really good at dressage. You absolutely have to know how to balance your horse on XC. You will be more confident too.
Very true. The difference in balance is quite amazing I have to add.

My other advice would be to start very slow and low.

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find a good trainer and ride an experienced horse. Don't push yourself or your horse past your limit.
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Get really good at dressage. You absolutely have to know how to balance your horse on XC. You will be more confident too.

Ditto!

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.

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okai,thanks everyone!
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find a good trainer and ride an experienced horse. Don't push yourself or your horse past your limit.
Exactly. I would invest your time and money into a qualified, experienced and knowledgeable Eventing Coach.

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