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    02-20-2010, 11:22 AM
First Time X/C

Alrighty people! This is my first time going out to the cross country course. It was so much fun. The horse I rode was Gangsta. He is an OTTB, and not the best jumper, but he tries. We all love him to pieces. Well here are the pics that I got.

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    02-20-2010, 12:26 PM
Omg I love the rocky horror picture show <3!

Great pics by the way
    02-20-2010, 12:53 PM
Looks like you had alot of fun! Great job for your first time out, nothing like wetting your toes, you'll soon be addicted.

SNOW!! YUCK!!! I hate snw....surrounded by it myself......blah.

Just some tips, I know it was your first time out, but for next time -

Open Fronts are a big no no for CC fences. If you have Splints, use those over the open fronts :)

Protective Vest - if you plan on riding CC fences more, please invest in a Certified and approved vest through ASTM and BETA testing. Intec Flex Rider, Charles Owen, Rodney Powell for examples.

Do you have an Eventing Coach? If you plan on riding CC more, please find one :) You cannot ride a CC fence the same way you ride a stadium fence.

Not wanting to make you feel bad or ruin your fun - I think it is great you got to go out, but I just want to ensure your safety for the next time :) This isn't a forgiving sport, the more you learn, the better :)

Ride on! Looking forward to seeing and hearing more about your CC adventures!
    02-20-2010, 12:54 PM
Sorry, forgot to add - get rid of the standing martingale :) They have no use out on the CC course. :) :)

LOVE the baby blue!! That is my horses and my Eventing Colors. Baby Blue and Navy Blue! *YAY*
    02-20-2010, 12:58 PM
Green Broke
Totally agree with MIEventer
    02-20-2010, 03:14 PM
I agree with MIEventer. Looks like you guys had (miserably cold) fun out there! :)
    02-20-2010, 04:55 PM
I don't plan on riding CC as my specialty. I was just doing it for fun(: Im a hunter Jumper. That's why he has the open front(which are really Jasmines, but we wanted to match) and standing martingale. We got out to Frying Pan Park just to go around the course to get out of a ring. But I am going to invest in a vest.
    02-20-2010, 05:11 PM
I am very happy to hear that you are going to invest in a vest :)

I know you're a Hunter/Jumper :) Everything about you screams H/J. Your form over the cc fence, your tack and presence :) I just wanted to give you some pointers for the next time you're out :) Just so you can invest in proper CC tack to use when you do venture out on the CC course again :)
    02-20-2010, 05:14 PM
Thank you though!
    02-21-2010, 08:20 PM
Looks like you guys had fun. Just as an FYI, the forward hunter-jumper position can backfire on a XC course. If you're already riding forward, and your horse decides to pop a jump and broad jump it, you'll likely get smacked in the face by your horse's neck. You kind of need to sit back (half seat, I'm not saying sit literally) and wait for the horse to leave the ground before assuming the position.

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