Con­fi­dent Cross-Coun­try Cor­ners

Top even­ter Ryan Wood •hare• hi• four-•tep plan to •ucce••fully in­tro­duce thi• cro••-coun­try ob•tacle to your hor•e.

Practical Horseman - - News -

Four-star even­ter Ryan Wood de­tails a pro­gres­sive three-step ap­proach for jump­ing cross-coun­try cor­ners with con­fi­dence.

Cor­ner fences are a com­mon el­e­ment seen on nearly every cross-coun­try course in Amer­ica. Start­ing at Train­ing level, horses and rid­ers need to be pre­pared to an­swer the cor­ner. When in­tro­duc­ing rid­ers and young horses to cor­ners, I use the same ap­proach each time, start­ing by build­ing a sim­u­lated cor­ner in the arena to in­tro­duce the con­cept and then move to jump­ing an ac­tual cor­ner on a cross-coun­try course.

Whether you are train­ing for dres­sage, show jump­ing or cross coun­try, there is al­ways a pro­gres­sion. You start with the ba­sics and grad­u­ally work your way up, and it is no dif­fer­ent when jump­ing cor­ners. First, you need to have the cor­rect seat, leg and hand aids in place, which I de­scribe in the next sec­tion. Then you build con­fi­dence by jump­ing a sim­u­lated cor­ner in the arena us­ing a bar­rel and two stan­dards, which will set you up for suc­cess when you leave the com­fort zone of the arena and jump a cor­ner on the cross-coun­try course.

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