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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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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!
 

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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*
 

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totally agree with MIEventer
 

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I agree with MIEventer. Looks like you guys had (miserably cold) fun out there! :)
 

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I dont plan on riding CC as my specialty. I was just doing it for fun:) Im a hunter Jumper. Thats 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.
 

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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 :)
 

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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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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.
Will do next time:)
 

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Welcome to XC!!! Be careful....it is very addictive. I have seen quite a few HJ people decide they like it better!!

I, personally, think you guys look great on a XC course and should stay there. You got some good advise here. hope you decide to dabble more.
 

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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.

You should ride like that anyways.

To the OP - if you decide to continue to venture into the world of Eventing, I highly encourage you to find a qualified and experienced Eventer to work with you. NOT a Hunter/Jumper - but an Eventer :)

You never ride a CC fence the same way you would a stadium fence.

Ride on and enjoy yourself!
 

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u have great stable leg position that's a huge benifit, i agree get an eventer to work with u. i usually position myself back when jumping xc, so instead of "over the neck" i get in that position the push it back over the centre of the saddle more. if that make sense, so if ur horse over jumps then u can survive and if ur horse chucks in another stride u can survive and if ur horse stops ur not going over their head (sometimes it still happens though, i usually land on my feet)
but great deep heels!!!!!:D
 

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no, Hunters is primarily a North American discipline of riding. Google George Morris.

It is a form of riding, to mimic Fox Hunters - but inside the sandbox. It has warped into a world of its' owh though, to which even those who helped create the sport are shaking their heads over.
 
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