Making up the time on the XC course
Sep14

Making up the time on the XC course

By Jenny Richardson BHSAI Once you are able to produce consistent clear rounds in your cross country competitions, and are hopefully collecting a few placings, it is time to consider the clock and how you can move up the leader board. Organisers will use the time taken by each rider as the deciding factor for placings among the clear rounds in each class. Generally there are three types of timing rules: (1) an ‘optimum’ set by the...

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Lacking confidence riding downhill across country?
Aug18

Lacking confidence riding downhill across country?

By Jenny Richardson BHSAI Even the most courageous rider can get butterflies in the stomach at the thought of riding downhill in the faster gaits – as you are required to do on the XC course, or at a hunter trial. Your attitude to downhill riding will probably depend on your horse’s own attitude to self-preservation, as well as his temperament and jumping experience. The careful horse will be a pleasure to ride downhill,...

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Maintaining cross country fitness
Nov07

Maintaining cross country fitness

By Jenny Richardson BHSAI Now that the cross-country season is drawing to a close, some people will choose to let their horses down for a short holiday, while others may wish to continue to maintain full fitness, which can be achieved in several ways. HACKING Road work is essential to maintain muscle strength and strong tendons. Walking and ‘jog trotting’ [a slow trot] two or three times a week is ideal with hill work if possible; if...

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