Cross-Country Wooded Courses

 

Cross-Country Wooded Courses

World Equestrian Games – Types of Cross-Country Wooded Courses.

 
Lusitano-Cross-Country Wooded CoursesCross-Country Wooded Courses:   Going through a wooded course may be tricky especially when there are obstacles in the entrance or exit of the forest.   Horse’s eyes do not adapt very fast to the changes in light around them.   So an obstacle in the entrance of a wooded area, under the shade can blind him for a few seconds making him hesitate on a jump or other obstacle.   This fact is true as you enter and exit the wooded area.   It is important for the rider to measure the strides necessary to execute a jump or obstacle coming in our leaving a wooded area to avoid the horse starting the jump or other obstacle too late.   This might make him crash or drop it. Another important point about wooded areas is that generally the paths are narrow and winding because they are built in between the trees.   So special attention must be given to them when the rider makes his walks to prepare for their execution and passage.
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