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
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.