Cross-Country Obstacles

 

Cross-Country Obstacles

World Equestrian Games – Types of Cross-Country Obstacles.

 
Lusitano-Types of Types of Cross-Country Obstacles:   The course is completed with between twenty four and thirty six obstacles.   Their difficulty depends on the Level of competition that is going to take place on the course.   These include mostly obstacles that are made to blend with the surroundings.   Example include hay bales piled up one on top of the other or pole jumps with brush set below them to resemble fences.   Some of the jumping obstacles have colorful and strange additions to them so as to test the horse’s bravery and willingness to jump over them.
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Lusitano-008Obstacles are marked so the rider knows what he has to go through and what not.   They are marked with a red flag on the top corner of one side and a white flag on the top corner of the other side.   They are perfectly visible at a distance so there is no mistake or doubt that the team has to go through or over it.   There is a second possible marking which is that the red flag may have a black stripe through it.   This means that the obstacle is optional and the team may go around it without being penalized.   Going around any obstacle is not appreciated by the judges and will be taken into account when decisions are made.
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Lusitano-022Obstacles include water ditches, empty ditches, trees, logs, and banks.   Ditches can be found alone or with poles before or after the ditch.   The high of the obstacles always depends on the Level of the teams participating in the event.   Trees could be standing in the way of the course or lying in the middle of it, they are used especially within the wooded areas.   This tests the horse’s bravery and determination.   Logs are used instead of poles to fit in with the general surroundings.   There may be real or artificial depending on the designer’s plans.   They can be set one on top of the other or they can be distributed in a series of two or three consecutive jumps with a few strides in between them.   Logs can be used in any type of terrain, flat land, uphill or downhill.   Banks are natural or artificial changes in the terrain where the horse must jump up into another higher surface or jump down to a lower surface.   These too may have poles before or after them.
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