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General Horse Articles - Stuff You Need for Cross-country Jumping!
It’s great when you get the chance to ride outside of an arena.

Extra gear protects you and your horse.
It’s great when you get the chance to ride outside of an arena. And if you get to jump, that’s even more fun.

If you’re lucky enough to have a cross-country jumping course near your barn, ask your trainer if he or she will take you for a spin around the course.
But before you set out with your favorite horse or pony, it’s important that you take along some essential gear. Why? Because cross-country riding can be a little more rough and ready than trotting around a ring. There’s more of a chance that you or your horse could get hurt. Cross-country fences are solid, and don’t fall down like showjumps, and the ground isn’t perfectly groomed and smooth like it is in a nice ring.

And your horse may act differently when he gets in the great wide open. A horse or pony that is a slowpoke in a ring, may turn into a Speedy Gonzales when he discovers he’s in a big, grassy field.

So, both you and your horse need a little extra protection when you go cross-country schooling. Check out the special gear a future eventer can’t live without.

Brushing Boots: Never jump without brushing boots. These boots help prevent your horse from kicking himself while galloping, and protect his lower legs if he knocks a fence. Use them on both front and back legs.

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Boots are a must for your horse.

Overreach or Bell Boots: These stretchy rubber boots go over your horse’s hooves and  protect the front pastern area from knocks and cuts. When galloping, a horse’s back hooves reach forward and may cut his pastern area. This is called overreaching or striking.

Body Protector: This is a snug-fitting vest made of protective material. It helps protect your upper body if a horse falls on you or kicks you. Many cross-country events require you to wear a vest.

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A safety vest fits snuggly.

Crop: It’s a good idea to carry a crop when jumping cross-country. You might need to give your horse a tap behind your leg if he won’t go near a "scary” fence.

Helmet: Don’t go jumping without an approved safety helmet. It must have a fixed chinstrap and fit you perfectly. If you fall off and hit your head, you should replace your helmet immediately. Once a helmet is dented it won’t protect you properly.

Gloves: Always wear gloves when riding out in the open. You and your pony can get sweaty and the reins could start slipping. Also, your pony may pull more and if you don’t wear gloves youcould get blisters on your hands.

Rubber reins: Rubber reins are best for cross-country riding. If you happen to splash into some water, leather reins can get very slippery. Rubber reins give you extra grip.



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