How do XC flags work?

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    05-01-2012, 06:29 PM
Question How do XC flags work?

I was just wondering, what do the flags at the sides of the cross country jumps mean/symbolize? Do they tell you where to go? I've seen them multiple times in some videos I've been watching, and I would eventually like to get into english and eventing. This seems like it would be a simple thing to know, but I can't find any articles or answers about it! Thanks, Almond Joy.
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    05-01-2012, 06:46 PM
Red on right, white on left. (And insanity in the middle! )
    05-01-2012, 07:54 PM
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Red on right.

    05-01-2012, 08:04 PM
I can't take credit for that one, I saw it on a tee shirt
    05-01-2012, 08:05 PM
Originally Posted by equiniphile    
Red on right, white on left. (And insanity in the middle! )
Eventing Nation.......
    05-02-2012, 07:52 AM
Haha, that's too funny equine! So, what is the purpose of them?
    05-02-2012, 08:02 AM
They mark the border of the fence, allow the jump judge to see if the horse hasn't actually jumped the fence (but rather off the edge of it, the flags are designed to bend or break off below the level of the jump so it's highly visible if you hit them and they won't hurt you or your horse), and tell the rider which direction they're meant to jump the jump in.

Eventing and XC is GREAT fun!
    05-02-2012, 04:35 PM
So if there is a red one on the right, that would mean to go to the right?
    05-02-2012, 05:35 PM
It's primarily to see what direction to go over the fence if there's a lot of sharp turns with jumps in every direction. You jump the fence with the red on your right side and the white on your left.
    05-02-2012, 09:18 PM
Originally Posted by Almond Joy    
So if there is a red one on the right, that would mean to go to the right?
They serve to remind you which direction to go over the jump. If you jump with the red flag on your left, you're probably going the wrong way.
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