Cross Country Jumping

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > English Riding > Jumping

Cross Country Jumping

This is a discussion on Cross Country Jumping within the Jumping forums, part of the English Riding category
  • Cross country pull on mouth
  • Pictures of cross country jumping

LinkBack Thread Tools
    07-06-2008, 03:08 PM
Cross Country Jumping

Hey, I usually do hunters and jumper shows, but I'm looking to get into eventing and cross country. I am new to the whole cross country thing, so I have some questions. I was wondering about in all of the pictures I've seen, the riders are hanging on the horses mouth coming off of the jump. Isn't that to keep the horse from falling onto their face after the jump? I was just wondering though, is there a specific way that you are supposed to do it? Or do you just like really hold back coming off of the jump without like jerking on their mouth? (Is it just a steady grip?) Thanks!
Sponsored Links
    07-06-2008, 08:06 PM
I don't really know what you mean. Coudl you show some pictures?

All I can say right now is no one should be 'jerking' on their horse's mouth at any point. However, for most horses, it is NOT adviseable to EVER drop the contact over a cross country course. XC has a brilliant way of firing up the laziest of horses, and in many cases a horse you can ride on a featherweight contact in the arena may pull like a steam train over XC and you'll need a firm contact just to keep your breaks and steering.
I think a lot of hunter/jumper riders in the US are taught the crest release, but I've always been taught an automatic one, meaning you keep the contact consistant all the way over the jump and through the get away, whether you're doing XC or showjumping.
    07-06-2008, 08:09 PM
Ok I don't know which pictures you were looking at but don't. No rider should ever hang on the horse's mouth, and any decent eventer (or even horse person) knows this. When you land from a xc fence, it basically is the same as when you land for a stadium jump, the only difference is if there is awhile to the next jump, you can let your horse open up his stride which would require the opposite of hanging on your horse's mouth, it would mean after you land centered on your horse sliding your hands forward a little. When you are getting your horse back to you, any amount you take back with a soft, spongy hand, you should also keep your leg on to maintain impulsion.

I hope I helped, and I hope you don't hang on your horse's mouth when you land from ANY jump....
    07-06-2008, 09:18 PM

I mean, I could be wrong, but it looks like they're holding gripping awfully hard. So basically you just want to keep a lot of contact between you and the horse?
    07-06-2008, 09:21 PM
And I said WITHOUT jerking on their mouths in my first post. Yeah, I don't ever do that unless its an accident that I couldn't avoid. That's why I thought it was so weird that they used that much contact. I know they're not jerking on their mouths, I just didn't know if that much contact would like make the horses mouth hard or whatever.
    07-06-2008, 09:51 PM
Those riders are all riding at a level it would take years to get to. I would not worry about the way they ride in the photos you see on the internet.
Would you be able to find a trainer local to you? You could start taking lessons there or trailer to a local cross country course? What about the option of joining a Pony Club? It's an excellent way of getting into eventing.
    07-07-2008, 11:27 PM
Yeah, I have a trainer who could teach me. My only issue is we don't really have too many cross country courses around here to practice on. I'm going to have to see about this one barn to see if they would let us borrow theirs. (so that my trainer can actually teach me out on a course) I went schooling there once, but it was just on little like 2'3" or 2'6" jumps.
    07-07-2008, 11:33 PM
Originally Posted by gotxhorses
Yeah, I have a trainer who could teach me. My only issue is we don't really have too many cross country courses around here to practice on. I'm going to have to see about this one barn to see if they would let us borrow theirs. (so that my trainer can actually teach me out on a course) I went schooling there once, but it was just on little like 2'3" or 2'6" jumps.
Cross country fences cannot be borrowed. Those fences aren't like your standard jumps my dear.
    07-09-2008, 01:14 PM
I know that, I guess I didn't make myself clear. I meant like borrow as in trailer over there and use their course for the day or whatever. I know that you cannot move the jumps because they're stationary.
    07-09-2008, 02:09 PM
I think the jumping part would have to be the same (like releasing the same way you would in the hunter/jumper ring!). ;) They do look like they have lots of contact...but I agree with M2G- they are very experienced & are at a high level.
Anyway, I think it's great you'd like to start some XC! At my barn we have an XC course/field & it's very fun (I'm also a hunter jumper!). It gets the horses used to being somewhere else rather than riding in an arena, since it's open. About trailering to another barn, I think that'd be pretty cool too. It's worth a try!

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:29 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0