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post #1 of 12 Old 10-03-2010, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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First cross country competition - critique? :D

Hello!

Today I was at my very first cross country competition, and I'm 90% sure it was the first time my horse has been to one too! :)
But he loved it, and so did I!

Anyways, here is the video, and I know it's a little hard to see, and it's not all the jumps, but I hope it's enough to at least give some feedback.

It was a group class, so I was ridding with two other girls. You could choose between taking the lower jump (50 cm.) or the higher (80 cm.). I mostly took the low ones, as I didn't want to risk anything, even though I do 100-110 cm. for show jumping.

I know the video is a bit long and shaky.. :/ Sorry..! I'll try edit it maybe and make it a little better.. Later.. Maybe.. xD

I'm in the yellow shirt!


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post #2 of 12 Old 10-03-2010, 05:10 PM
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hi, i cant see the video, however i think you are very sensible opting for the lower jumps, it helps build you and your horses confidence.... WELL DONE :)
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post #3 of 12 Old 10-03-2010, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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DanniS: Hehe, yea, thanks! I have to admit I was quite scared to start with, since I kept imagining him hitting the jump and then falling after, since the poles dont fall o.o' But he seemed so sure of himself, so I took a few higher jumps which I think looked safer in the end :)

Here's a picture to go along with it.. :)


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post #4 of 12 Old 10-03-2010, 05:58 PM
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Very nice! Glad you had fun. I'm hoping to start eventing soon with my one TB, Excel. Not sure when....winter or spring, fall if I'm lucky :)
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post #5 of 12 Old 10-03-2010, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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equiniphile: Thank you :) Oh good luck with yours! I hope he/she enjoys it, as well as you, because I think this just became my favorite discipline xD (But then again, I have only been riding dressage and show jumping, so this is pretty new for me!)

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post #6 of 12 Old 10-04-2010, 08:40 AM
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That's great! I really wish I could start cross country, but we don't have the resources to build the different jumps, etc. And anyway, cross country isn't that big here in South Africa, and we would have to travel far to get to competitions. So I'm settled with show jumping.

By the way, your horse is gorgeous! Love the honest face and the tucked in legs.

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post #7 of 12 Old 10-04-2010, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you! Yea, Denmark doesn't have so much cross country either, actually.. And what there is is quite far away from where I live, at least.. But I hope for your sake you'll have the opportunity one day, because it really is a lot of fun! :)

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i think it was a brilliant idea to start lower, mostly because cross country isn't rails its solid objects, so you eather have to clear or your horse will crash and you probably will fall. goood thinking :)

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post #9 of 12 Old 10-04-2010, 05:06 PM
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you're a bit too forward in the jump.. in cross country its better to be behind the motion than in front of it. when ur jumping try to wait and let your horse push you out of the saddle so you stay closer to the saddle instead of being so far out and close ur thigh.. this will help turn your toe more forward and u'll be able to rest your whole calf on your horse instead of the back and will give you a much safer and solidified seat.

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post #10 of 12 Old 10-04-2010, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice..! :) Yes, I don't really know anything about cross country (well I know a little more now) so it was really nice to start off with such a small and relaxed competition, where it really didn't matter how fast you rode or what place you got.. :)

And thanks FoxyRoxy, I'll keep that in mind for next time..! :) I have to admit I have seat problems in jumping too, I tend to stand up in my stirrups way too much, and lean forward perhaps a little too much.. So i'm not surprised if I had the same problem here.. :/

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