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Wet weather eventing

Michael Jung & Sam FBW - © FEI/Jon Stroud

Michael Jung & Sam FBW

© FEI/Jon Stroud

 

Every year around this time, in many places, rain begins to fall and conditions change from dry and dusty to wet and sometimes slippery.

As the competition heats up in the run up to Melbourne and Sydney International Events and the conditions change, we see an increase in horse falls – this year let’s make it different!

Course designers have been discussing how to make their tracks less prone to slipping on the turns and in some cases are planning significant layout changes - continued progress with fence design and construction will also help.

Risk reduction and safety is a team activity and Athletes have a major role to play:

  • Ride according to the conditions - just like driving on wet roads wet courses can cause unexpected slips
  • Keep your horse fit - wet conditions can cause additional fatigue for your horse
  • Consider the use of studs - Leading rider and high performance coach Will Enzinger says “I habitually use studs –they help improve my horse's balance and confidence. Modern studs are easy to fit  and come in a variety of  sizes and shapes to suit all conditions."
  • Take your horse XC schooling, either with your own coach, or take advantage of one of the many squad days or clinics on offer

Organising Committees officials and administrators alike are working tirelessly to reduce risk and improve safety in our sport.
Risk reduction is a team activity - please play your part.
Wishing you safe and successful eventing.

Source: Equestrian Australia
 

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