WOR­RIED ABOUT TRICKY COM­BI­NA­TIONS?

Your Horse (UK) - - Better Riding -

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

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