Step 3: Jump a Cross-Coun­try Cor­ner

Practical Horseman - - The Complete Hourglass -

Our pro­gres­sion pays off. Al­ca­traz jumps con­fi­dently and in good form. I am us­ing an au­to­matic re­lease to main­tain the con­tact with Al­ca­traz’s mouth. I jump the cor­ner once more in the same di­rec­tion to be sure it wasn’t a fluke. He again jumps con­fi­dently, so I have my helper switch the wing pole, and we jump the cor­ner in the other di­rec­tion. Soon we are ready to jump the cor­ner with­out the guide rail as we are do­ing in the third photo on page 44. Mis­sion ac­com­plished!

TIP >> If at any time you don’t feel con­fi­dent, re­mem­ber that this ex­er­cise is about pro­gres­sion. Con­tinue us­ing the wing pole in your jump schools on the cross-coun­try course. Once you feel ready to take the next step, re­move the wing pole and con­quer the cor­ner in both di­rec­tions.

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