Step 3: Jump a Cross-Coun­try Cor­ner

Practical Horseman - - The Complete Hourglass -

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.

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