I didn't mean for this to turn into a giant debate.
I appreciate the concerns for my safety and my horse's safety, but (and I think I have mentioned this a couple times before) I do have one thing going for me. I am all ready pretty much schooling in XC conditions. The area that the jumps are set up in is a hay feild that is anything but smooth and the jumps are solid, I have seen and felt first hand what and accident over these jumps can do, both to myself and my horse as well as other horses and riders. So in that sense I feel competely prepared.
MIE - I was trying to figure out where to get a vest from. I didn't really want to buy one in case I find that I really hate XC and never want to do it again (which I doubt will be the case). I don't think I will fit into the one the girl I am going with wears either, she's several sizes smaller than me. If you have an old one that I could barrow I would appreciate it.