When you’re riding cross-country, it’s super-important to think about your jumping position. You’ll be riding over fences that could be up or downhill, lead into water or might not have perfect footing, so the most important thing is to be secure in the saddle, which will help your pony clear the fences well, too.
Think of your legs as anchors when you’re riding – strong ones keep you secure in the saddle and are the foundation of a good position. Think about keeping your leg slightly more forward than you might in showjumping – this means that if your pony refuses or trips on landing, you’ll be in a much stronger position to regain your balance. You should…
- push your weight down into your heels to help stop your leg slipping back
- wrap your legs firmly around your pony’s sides, keeping your leg near the girth
You can strengthen your lower leg by practising your jumping position when you’re riding on the flat!
Find out what else makes a good cross-country position in February PONY magazine – on sale now!