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7 Signs You Were Made To Ride Cross Country

Image source: rayand via Flickr

Do you thrill at cross country eventing? Some people were made to ride cross country, while the sport just doesn’t appeal to others. Here are 7 signs that you were made to ride cross country.

1. You Have a Need for Speed

Galloping your horse? You live for it. The faster the better – you’re not afraid of speed, and in fact you thrive on it. You show no hesitance in galloping toward a fence, clearing it, and continuing on on the other side. Cross country is fast-paced, so you’d better enjoy speed if you want to try your hand at this sport.

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Image source: Five Furlongs via Flickr

 

2. You Love to Jump

You can’t get enough of the power you feel when your horse launches over a jump. You love jumping, and you’re fearless about it. Solid fences don’t bother you, and they actually make you jump better. You have a secure jumping position and an excellent eye for putting your horse just where he needs to be before takeoff.

Image source: rayand via Flickr
Image source: rayand via Flickr

 

3. You’re Not Afraid of a Challenge

You’re brave. You can navigate ditches and banks and water jumps without being worn down by the challenges that they provide. You rise up to meet any challenge, and pride yourself on your determination as a rider.

Image source: Ross Elliot via Flickr
Image source: Ross Elliot via Flickr

 

4. You’re Excellent Under Pressure

Sticky issues in riding don’t bother you, and you’re excellent when the pressure is on. You’re also skilled at helping your horse out of a tight spot, and your performance only gets better with a healthy dose of competition.

Image source: rayand via Flickr
Image source: rayand via Flickr

 

5. You Don’t Back Down

You’re driven and when you set your sights on a goal, nothing can keep you from it. You don’t back down when things go wrong – instead, you find ways to fix the problem. You can’t be intimidated by the competition or by the massive fence you’re facing – you’ll overcome them both.

Image source: rayand via Flickr
Image source: rayand via Flickr

 

6. You Like to Ride – A Lot

Getting a horse fit enough to navigate a cross country course takes conditioning – a lot of it. Be prepared to ride your horse a lot for months in advance of a competition. Trot sets and canter sets and hill work – it all comes with properly conditioning a horse so that he’s ready for the athletic demands of a cross country course.

Image source: Anders Legczak via Flickr
Image source: Anders Legczak via Flickr

 

7. You Can’t Imagine Anything Else

Cross country riders live for their sport, and can’t imaging doing anything else. If you find yourself dreaming of cross country fences and galloping at them full speed, then you just might be destined to be a cross country eventing rider.

Image source: rayand via Flickr
Image source: rayand via Flickr

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