Originally Posted by hisangelonly
That helps a lot! Thank you! There aren't all that many courses here and the ones that are here are kind of far. I know they will be building one at a new barn in the next 3 or 4 years but for now I will have to make my own for practice :p
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Not a problem :)
When making your own, try and make them as "scary" as possible.
Go and decorate them with bags of feed, garden gnomes, soft toys, flower pots, cardboard animal cut outs, old linoleum-(if you can get the stone look one that's even better... it will look like a solid wall, even stuff parts of it with hedge trimmings. You should be able to pick all this up really cheap, or even free in some cases.
Most of those things are common fillers and decorations on xc courses over here, and the more desensitising you do at home, the easier you will find it when you're out. You won't be one of those people that goes 'oh, I am going to have trouble at this jump because my horse doesn't like it." You will know your horse will be ok, and even if you're not 100% positive about him going over it, never think that you won't get over it :) always think positive. If you are confident, he will be. Most of the time riders eliminate or give themselves penalties before they even mount their horse. If they think it's scary then their horse will too.