Cross-coun­try at home

Want to give cross-coun­try a go, but haven’t got the fa­cil­i­ties to prac­tise? Event rider Ibby Macpher­son ex­plains how to pre­pare with min­i­mal equip­ment

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Ex­er­cises for you to try

WITH THE EVENT­ING sea­son in full swing, watch­ing the likes of Oliver Tow­nend and co glide around a cross-coun­try course may in­spire you to give it a go your­self. The only prob­lem is, it can seem tricky to pre­pare with­out acres of ground and an abun­dance of rus­tic fences. Event rider Ibby Macpher­son is at the top of her game, but she’s a firm be­liever in mak­ing the most of what you have to train your horse. “You don’t need a full-blown course to prac­tise the skills you need for cross­coun­try,” she says. “You can recre­ate el­e­ments that you’ll see on a course in your school — for ex­am­ple, a bale of shav­ings makes a great skinny.” Ibby has three great ex­er­cises that you can prac­tise in the school to help get you ready for a cross-coun­try round.

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