WORRIED ABOUT TRICKY COMBINATIONS?
As much preparation as you do at home, you’re often likely to come across something when you’re out and about that might test you. The great thing about cross-country (especially competitions) is that there’s always someone you can chat to for advice and you can always watch how other riders tackle the same question. If you’re out training, go with a confident friend who can guide you through with their horse. Another tip is to try and visualise how you’d ride it. Helen explains: “Once you’ve seen a combination you’re unsure of, take a moment to sit quietly and imagine you’re on your horse. Visualise how it’d be if you took the jump on a set number of strides and then play around until you find the perfect approach. “You can practise this at home – just be sure not to do it while driving or riding as you need to concentrate on what you’re doing!” Helen also advises visualising one jump at a time rather than the whole course, otherwise it might overload your brain.
Visualising your approach can help when it comes to riding a challenging combination