Cross-Country @ Home
You want to event, but there's a problem: there's no cross-country course close enough for you to school your horse at on a regular basis. That doesn't mean the problem of gaining experience jumping cross-country obstacles is insurmountable, according to 2007 Pan Am team medallist and five-time Royal Agricultural Winter Fair indoor eventing champion Waylon Roberts. Here are some of Waylon's suggestions. "First and foremost is safety. You want to set up obstacles that are safe - that your horse won't put a foot through, for example. I often see where people have propped up wooden palettes to use as part of a jump. That's dangerous, as a horse can get his foot stuck in the palette and could injure himself, not to mention lose his confidence. If you are using a tarp, make sure it is securely held down by poles. Use what you have, but it's important to…
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