Jump­ing ditches Ditches and wa­ter ows are ob­sta­cles you’ll fre­quently meet out hunt­ing, and log­i­cally, you’ve got to get to the other side! ank­fully, out hunt­ing, if the horse in front goes, you’re pretty much guar­an­teed of go­ing, says Sarah. As Lily a

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Gri n is a lit­tle bit cau­tious, but does pick his way over to the other side and Sarah is pleased (above le ). “ is pony is a su­per­star at look­ing a er him­self.”

Po­si­tion-wise, Sarah prefers the more mod­ern event­ing tech­nique for rid­ing ditches. “In the olden days we would be ‘hail­ing a taxi’ when we were jump­ing into wa­ter. But now when they are jump­ing wa­ter jumps, the rid­ers have to stay in a more for­ward seat, as the ques­tions asked are much more tech­ni­cal and if they’re hail­ing a cab they are back be­hind the ac­tion.

“I be­lieve as Lily’s con dence grows, she will progress more for­ward, but to be­gin with sit­ting back like she is do­ing and be­ing 100% safe is ne.”

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