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Corks: Get a Grip

Bobbie Reber offers her dos and don'ts for using corks. "Whatever the discipline you are showing, it's critical that you know the footing. Is it on grass and hard? Has there been a lot of rain and it's slippery? Corks are used most often on grass or varying cross-country terrain, although some riders do like a small cork in behind for bigger classes on sand. Be organized with your cork box and be prepared to do a last-minute cork change at the in-gate if you notice the footing has changed since your initial course walk. With the hunters, we obviously want them to move flat and with as little knee as action as possible, so we use very small corks in front - only enough to give them a bit of purchase in the footing. If the grass is hard, I'll use a smaller grass cork or half-moon behind. If…

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