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post #1 of 10 Old 02-14-2011, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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Practicing XC at home

So I went to an XC and SJ training day on Sunday, had a blast
But my question is can you practice the XC jumps at home without them there....

Okay so that probably sounded really confusing...

Okay so Buzz jumped all the jumps there but it was the obsticles(sp) that he didn't like. There was one called the Sunken road, where it went down then up again, I got him going through it nicely in the end but I think he might still be hesitant next time we go over it and next time being a comp.
Is there a way I can re create it with out having to dig a hole...
Or something that could be used to illustrate a hole.

Also the water jump he was hesitant at, any help there also :)

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post #2 of 10 Old 02-15-2011, 09:29 PM
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I don't know about the sunken road, but most use a blue tarp with poles on either side of it to imitate a water jump.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #3 of 10 Old 02-15-2011, 09:32 PM
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That's awesome! I can't wait to come over to the dark side of eventing
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post #4 of 10 Old 02-15-2011, 10:15 PM
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Oh a drop fence! Yes, I learned how to do drop fences on hills. If you make a small hill and put a logs on the bottoms of the hill (just two, one on each side), the back side will become a beginners drop fence. This may also be too much of a pain in the neck so not sure how much effort you want to put into it! Looks like a lot of fun though!!
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post #5 of 10 Old 02-15-2011, 10:28 PM
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I don't know how much land you own (if you don't own, ask your landlord if you can do it) but you can probably make some simple jumps with some extra help and a good book, I recommend A Basic Guide to Building Cross-Country Fences by Philip Herbert..this is a great book and does have a section for both sunken roads and water jumps..it explains everything in good detail.
I generally just drag some logs and haybales onto my train and field because I don't ride at my house all year. We also do only low levels.
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post #6 of 10 Old 02-16-2011, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, I will ask my friend if I can dig up some ground :P
I don't mind putting effort in as long as I do it early when its nice and cool
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I Event for a living, I make my money producing eventing horses...

I don't have any cross country jumps at my home or within an hour drive

Cross country training is only ever teaching a horse to jump anything you put in front of it, and teaching the horse to be able to think and jump safely

I go for a ride along the road and have them stepping over ditches down from banks. All water jump training is a horse knowing it has to go perfectly straight into any water I ask it to, every puddle I come across my horses learn to calmly go straight throu, no veering or ducking out the side. I use barrels on their side as skinny jump training

Be creative you definitely don't need a purpose built xcounty course to train you horse!!
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I Event for a living, I make my money producing eventing horses...

I don't have any cross country jumps at my home or within an hour drive

Cross country training is only ever teaching a horse to jump anything you put in front of it, and teaching the horse to be able to think and jump safely

I go for a ride along the road and have them stepping over ditches down from banks. All water jump training is a horse knowing it has to go perfectly straight into any water I ask it to, every puddle I come across my horses learn to calmly go straight throu, no veering or ducking out the side. I use barrels on their side as skinny jump training

Be creative you definitely don't need a purpose built xcounty course to train you horse!!

That's awesome, I guess it is getting your horse to be able to cinfidently jump anything without fear, next time I go out I am going to go up and down ditches would go through puddles but we don't have any right now (middle of summer)
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post #9 of 10 Old 02-16-2011, 04:40 AM
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would go through puddles but we don't have any right now (middle of summer)
I'm sure Brisbane could spare a few...

You could get some fallen tree branches and bind them together to make kind of a small wall and use them to make a narrow hall for your horse to go through if you can't dig any ground up.
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post #10 of 10 Old 02-16-2011, 09:04 AM
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a lot of it too has to do with your confidence, you have to believe that when you come to a jump ur horse is going to jump it. If you have doubt or start thinking he's not going to jump it.. ur going to make him not jump it. They need ur confidence to build their own.

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