A cross-pole is one of the most inviting types of fences you’ll nd. Great for warming up, the cross helps mark out the middle of the fence, letting you know where to aim for. You can jump a cross-pole from trot or canter, and they’re a great opportunity to work on your approach and make sure you’re riding accurately.
How to ride them…
As you approach a cross-pole, think about…
- keeping a balanced rhythm
- looking up and ahead
- wrapping your legs around your pony’s sides and maintaining an even contact to keep him straight l pushing your heels down to help you stay secure in the saddle
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