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Cross-obstacles and their role in big-time sports.

If you ask the child what a computer is, he will answer that this is a gaming machine. If the same question is asked to the accountant, he will answer that this is the place where the documentation is kept. Similar can be said about the obstacles in the form of crossed poles. Yes, they are used in children’s schools so that the horse does not take the child to the edge of the barrier. But why do top athletes use them for horses Grand Prix? In this article, we will reveal an unexpected for many training effect of cross-obstacles, which can influence both positively and negatively on the athletic performance of a horse.

Cross-obstacles and their role in big-time sports. Are you sure you know the answer?

The fact is that we are only interested in the lower boundary of the obstacle. The horse is interested in the proximity to the body of all elements of the barrier in the aggregate – and the bottom and side. Overcoming a horse crosses not only its legs. Poles rising to the side poles psychologically put pressure on her from the side. Conventionally, this can be called barrier claustrophobia — the desire to distance oneself from alien objects in space. The more experienced a competitive horse is, the less barrier claustrophobia it has.

If you notice, the reserve created by a horse when overcoming cross-obstacles is much greater than when jumping through horizontal poles. This is the manifestation of barrier claustrophobia. If a horse wishes to leave a margin of half a meter under his feet, then he also wants to leave no less or even more margin from the body.

Cross-obstacles and their role in big-time sports. Are you sure you know the answer?

Passing time after time through the crosses, the animal imaginary scratches or tickles (call it what you want) your side. Over time, the ticklishness is dulled, and the horse settles deeper and deeper in the crossed poles. So leading athletes are working on a confident attitude of the young horse to the obstacle. It is impossible to increase the number of jumps three times – it is unhealthy. But with the help of cross-obstacles, it is possible to work three times more intensively with the barrier claustrophobia of the horse.

The angle between crossed poles is of fundamental importance. If the work on claustrophobia can be compared with the “psychological shower of the body”, then the angle of crossing is the temperature of the jet. It is necessary to change the degree gradually, evaluating and waiting for the maximum shrinkage of the horse in less aggressive crosses. The sharper the angle, the more psychologically difficult the horse.

Cross-obstacles and their role in big-time sports. Are you sure you know the answer?

At the end of the training, the angles between the poles are adjusted to 90 degrees. A sharper angle does not make sense, because lateral distances to poles become less than the distance to the lower boundary of the barrier – the crossing point, the connection with which is lost.

Such activities are good with young horses, but can bring significant damage to experienced. If the horse is too loyal to the barrier, it will knock them down. Recall that a horse distances itself from the barrier according to the totality of its elements. If she gets used to combing the poles 10 cm from her side in crosses, then when overcoming a combat obstacle it is very likely that she will leave the same margin from the horizontal pole. However, in this case, the vertical distance to the pole will be significantly less than to the virtual point by crossing the cross-barrier, and a horizontal pole may occur.

Cross-obstacles and their role in big-time sports. Are you sure you know the answer?

Therefore, an excessive fascination with crosses can make an experienced horse more dirty on the route. As a result, experienced athletes never knead a horse in crosses at competitions. If it is necessary to jump a 40 cm high barrier, a 40 cm cm finder jumps, rather than throwing the extreme ends of 100 cm cm poles into the cross. Although it is not recommended to jump crosses during training of a clean and confident horse.

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