FRAMEWORK FOR SUCCESS
End the cross-country season positively, with the correct framework of discipline in place. Eventing legend Lucinda Green explains how
Lucinda Green’s expert advice for building you and your horse’s crosscountry confidence.
CROSS-COUNTRY RIDING is only good fun when you’re feeling confident. Nerves are natural and commonly creep in following a break from riding, a fall or switching to a new horse. This is the case for Allison Kite, whose Connemara gelding Preston Brooks is 14.2hh — three hands smaller than the horse she previously campaigned for 10 years. Allison and Brooks have been together for eight months when they meet Petplan Equine ambassador Lucinda Green. “Brooks has low mileage and is green. He bounces in canter and goes up and down a lot, rather than going forward,” summarises Allison. “He likes to run deeper to a fence than my previous horse, and I’m still getting used to his way of going.”