Fear­ful of a fence?

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Walk­ing the course can be both a help and a hin­drance. On the one hand, it gives you an op­por­tu­nity to plan your route and how you’ll ap­proach each fence/ques­tion. On the other, it also lets you see what fences are go­ing to be thrown at you come com­pe­ti­tion day – and they might not all be straight­for­ward. It’s on these course walks that rid­ers can be­come too fo­cused on the scary fences and not about the others. “In this sit­u­a­tion, you need to change your think­ing,” says He­len. “If there’s only one jump you don’t like, it means that you’ve still got 20 or so other jumps that you find straight­for­ward. “An­other good tip is to change the way you think about these fences. Rather than la­belling them as ‘scary’ or ‘de­mon fences’, think in­stead of them as a chal­lenge or a test. It’ll make them seem less daunt­ing and en­cour­age you to tackle them head on.”

Cer­tain types of fences can be a worry but you can change the way you think about them

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