Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
I wouldn't recommend jumping CC fences if your horse has little to no experience jumping these types of fences. The reason I say that is because if your horse drops or hangs their legs, you could be in a world of hurt.
I suggest that you spend time working on Dressage and Stadium Jumping. This way you can learn how to adjust your horses rhythm and how to obtain balance and solidity and security together and apply that over fences.
By jumping stadium fences, your horse can learn to respect them. If he hits them, they'll hurt but not as much as your horse hitting a solid fence would.
When the both of you are ready to move to solid fences, you will be more prepared, more balanced, safer and solid.
As Jim Wofford says, if you can't jump a stadium fence solidly and safely, you have no business jumping a cc fence. *not saying this is you, just stressing the imporance of establishing all the essentials first over stadium fences before you merge to cc*
What you can do, is set up grids and small courses outside of the arena, there's nothing wrong with that.
Do you have a coach?