CROSS COUNTRY RIDING by Sarah Cotton
The past few years have shown a rise in popularity of the competition horse, especially in cross-country. This book is a complete guide to the basics of the sport from the very first steps to the demands of competition, and aims to teach the amateur rider how to be a successful competitor. The book begins with advice on how to get started by training on the flat and early jump training, proceeding slowly and logically so that the rider can grow in confidence and technique. Other sections include tips on fitness and assuming the correct riding position. All the types of fences, both single and combination, used in cross-country courses are examined, as well as outside influences such as the terrain, weather conditions and the level of experience of both horse and rider. The final part of the book covers the different aspects of competing and offers advice on preparation, walking the course and caring for the horse during and after the competition.