Galloping cross-country is thrilling and exciting, “Of Horse” audience. It’s me Gucci-Pony Blogger (past posts-How to treat a Hoof Abscess) and I am going to give you some great tips on schooling cross-country. I want for you to share in my excitement. Cross-Country Schooling is very exciting, but also dangerous, especially for young horses just starting out. As with most horse training, begin with a goal for the day. Make it a reasonable goal.
It’s always best to begin slowly and build confidence than to rush us horses and frighten us. I love cross-country riding and all horses need to love what they do. Make it fun for us. As a young horse, I began training on the trails with an older more experienced horse. This helped me to gain confidence and feel secure. I also loved following him over the jumps. Remember to school with horses that are seasoned veterans.
Too many young, tense horses do not add up to a good schooling session. Jump small at first and be sure the footing and location is safe before you begin. There are many local riding clubs and parks that allow schooling, always school there. Bring your experienced trainer with you, especially if you as a rider are a novice as well as your horse. Safety first, always, school to build confidence. Remember if practice doesn’t go well do not head to the event. School when both you and your horse are mentally and physically prepared. Practice correctly because how you prepare us is how it will be (trust me on this one). Start in a small field and be good at riding outside of an enclosed area (very important). Have a strong connection with us, know your basics, and build on them before you head out.
Enjoy riding us and we will enjoy working for you, both inside and outside of the arena. Cross-Country is just the horse and you out there out of that start box-as our riders-know your stuff! And trust us to be right there with you.