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    02-11-2014, 06:09 PM
1st time xc :P

Hi guys, this weekend if the weather is good I'm hoping to take my little green mare Ruby out xc with PC. She's never gone xc before so it will be her first time

I was wondering If you have any tips etc or any previous experience at riding green horses out xc. I would really appreciate some advice ;]

I asked the Pc instructor if she thought that Ruby would be ready for it and She said she's well able for it and it would be a great experience for her. I wont be doing much, it's really just to help her gain experience. Get her used to a different atmosphere, in company with the other horses and maybe pop over some teeny tiny obstacles.

For a bit of info on Ruby, she is 5 rising 6 around that. I have been the one who has ridden her from day 1. She has been under saddle since September so still green. She's done hacking and jumping.
She has a incredibly good nature, so far hasn't done much bolting bucking etc. The only thing is that she gets excited and fresh in new surroundings which is normal for a green horse (a lot of whinnying!!). She has never been ridden in a open field before but have done trail rides up a mountain before and done some cantering there if that helps :)

So any advice would be great thanks.
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    02-12-2014, 12:48 AM
I also have a horse that is going to be 5 this year, he was born here and we started him under saddle last year as a pack horse/ponying him along with us.....in the fall I rode him out a couple times with a friend, he did great! No spooking, was very relaxed and walked out beautifully!
Just stay relaxed, if they feel you getting tense then they will also....just be alert and aware of your surroundings and the horses you ride with should be well seasoned on the trail.....have fun!
    02-12-2014, 12:36 PM
Thanks :) I'm really looking forward to it ;]
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    02-12-2014, 12:56 PM
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We used to take our young horses that were broke in the spring on a few fun rides by late summer and then cubbing in the autumn - they'd always had a bit of experience first cantering on open fields with other horses and were only asked to jump really small things that we'd proven they were capable of over poles that would fall if they hit them
Watch for boggy patches around the jumps which get worse as the day goes on and stay relaxed but keep a contact on her mouth so she knows you're there and isn't tempted to go off with you 'because she can'
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    02-13-2014, 04:44 PM
Thanks, but sadly xc is cancelled due to heavy rain :( Maybe nxt week tho ;D
    02-13-2014, 05:39 PM
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Such a shame - hope they can reschedule soon.

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