WHEN IS IT TIME TO MOVE TO CROSS COUNTRY? >>
After enough jump schools in the arena with your horse jumping the simulated corner in both directions without a wing pole—he should be jumping without any hesitation—it’s time to head out on the cross-country course. Be sure to build your simulated corner so it will resemble the same height and width of the corner in your cross-country field. If you don’t have a corner at home, try and make sure the course you trailer to has good footing and isn’t too muddy so your horse won’t slip and lose confidence as he is still learning. Also ensure that your corner is staked into the ground so it can’t move if your horse knocks it with one of his legs. When you head out to a cross-country corner, bring a pole to create a wing on the corner and have your ground person place it on the tip of the corner at approximately a 110degree angle like you did in the ring.