Do you worry about stops?

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No one wants to go fly­ing through their horse’s ears af­ter he makes an emer­gency stop, but fo­cus­ing on him stop­ping isn’t go­ing to help your nerves. As He­len ex­plains, if you find that you reg­u­larly worry about this, it could be you’re too fo­cused on the com­pe­ti­tion re­sults (i.e. some­thing you can’t con­trol) and not on what your horse is do­ing. “Peo­ple who worry about stops at a com­pe­ti­tion are of­ten fear­ful of los­ing the lead,” she says. “But you don’t re­ally have any con­trol over this. It’s also im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that there are oc­ca­sions when your horse just won’t un­der­stand the ques­tion. There’s not a lot you can do at the time but it’s some­thing you can in­cor­po­rate into your train­ing back home.” The best thing to do is to con­cen­trate on what you can con­trol, which is your ap­proach to a fence. Make sure you get a good enough line and can­ter to give your horse the best chance of clear­ing the jump.

When you’re rid­ing a cross-coun­try course, con­cen­trate on what you can con­trol, which is your ap­proach to the fence

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