Step 3: Jump a Cross-Country Corner
I warmed up by practicing the different canter and aids described on page 42 and then I jump him over some simpler fences—a log, coop and table—to make sure he is jumping straight and without hesitation. Then I pick up my between-the-fences gallop, get into a two-point position and approach the corner.
Several strides in front of the corner, I brought Alcatraz back from a between-the fences gallop to a forward, positive canter by lowering into my light seat. Now, about four strides before corner, I sit in the saddle and bring my upper body back so it’s close to upright. I also keep my legs firmly on Alcatraz’s side and widen my hands.