The key to safe riding in the cross country is the way you sit on your horse on each phase of the course. The goal: To be balanced with the horse at all times and be able to manage any precarious situations. Chris Bartle explains the relationship between balance, gravity and kinetic energy.
From the racing seat to the “oh shit” position – with these 5 positions of cross-country seat, you can communicate with your horse during the cross-country round and be optimally prepared for each challenge. Chris Bartle shows you which seat features provide safety.
Chris Bartle’s years of experience, his developed training device “rock on ruby” and practical film examples from professional sports and training make this film a real treasure trove for eventing riders. A must for beginners and professionals. For Chris Bartle, a good balance and a good sit are necessary to ride your horse safely on a cross country course regardless of the level you are riding.
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Christopher Bartle is the national trainer of the British Eventing team. Until 2016, he was the German National Eventing Trainer. Despite his love for eventing he was part of the British Dressage Team in 1984 at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles and placed 6th as an individual. In 1989, he won Badminton 4*.> more
Cross country outings should also be part of the basic training of a young horse. Riding in unfamiliar surroundings and on varying terrain helps to increase the horses’ self-confidence and surefootedness. Ingrid Klimke and her husband, Andreas Busacker, introduce three 4-year-old horses to their first cross country jumps.
Duration: 00:21:44 Minutes
Regular show jumping and cross-country training is a terrific way to improve balance and strength, for dressage horses as well and helps keep young horses motivated and relaxed. Watch as Just Paul pops over his first jumps under saddle.
Duration: 00:12:55 Minutes