How do you ride a corner?

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Just curious to see how everyone else rides it, and any handy hints? (A corner as in a xc corner)
 

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i aim for the middle then if mil driffs slighty we still jump between the flags
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Most corners nowadays have some sort of flower pot, grain sack or decoration in the middle leaving you only (on a fat left handed corner) the right hand half to jump. I aim to jump oon the half way line of that half, so in affect am jumping a 1/4 into the corner.
I ride straight at it as if it was a square, and draw the imaginary lines to make it a square in my head.
 

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Personally I tend to "showjump" them, insofar as I try to get a lot of control before the fence in order to really set up my line and stride. I tend to aim for a line that means the front and back rail are equally angled, however this sometimes varies depending on the approach and landing site for each particular fence. I always stick to the narrow side of the fence as worry about horses banking them, however this can make the horse more inclined to run out
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At lower levels (Intro and PN) because the fences arent big, I tend to ride with the front edge slightly less "angled" than you do late on in the levels. Only very slightly, but will come and it slightly angling away from the point towards the wider side to start with until I know the horse has "got it" then will do as Thistle says
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I always aim to come in on a line perpendicular to the front of the corner and aim to wards the wider end - like so:

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Hope fully it's not too big!

I give up it's tiny on phptobucket - honest
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Aha - still a bit big but better than before ... ... hopefully!
 

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if jumptoit's arrow pointed 45 degrees more to the left, that is how i ride them!

i actually like to have a little bend to the narrow end of the corner to really make sure i have that shoulder under control.

i like a really bouncy canter-slightly bigger than a coffin canter and ride really positively.

if you can ignore the fact that it is a corner and instead just ride it like a skinny parallel it will go much better- so many horses don't realise it is a corner until they are up in the air and 3/4 of the way over!
 

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I ride small/narrower corners (and babies!) as jumptoits diagram but as bigger you have to ride as Thistle says
You want to be in control but have enough power to get over the fence as they can be quite wide, once the horse has the idea (ie doesn't run out) just ride it as any other skinny/accuracy fence on the course.
 

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at the lower levels i treat it as if it's a parallel tbh.
as long as it's not exceptionally wide i'll jump the imaginary line of the bisected corner at right angles, but if it's very very wide that's not always possible.
i always have whip towards point of corner, and if it's a bit of a naughty horse i will brush or very lightly tap down that shoulder about 10 strides out to remind the horse to keep straight. lots of leg and positive channelling from 2 legs to 2 hands, and as Lucinda says, don't trust them to stay straight until they have actually taken off! make sure horse is really locked on, obv.
sometimes with big corners i'll line up on coursewalk with a tree or fence post in the background that puts me exactly on the correct line.
i try to ride forward to them but have been know to sj or take fliers...!
 

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I ride small/narrower corners (and babies!) as jumptoits diagram but as bigger you have to ride as Thistle says
You want to be in control but have enough power to get over the fence as they can be quite wide, once the horse has the idea (ie doesn't run out) just ride it as any other skinny/accuracy fence on the course.

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Ooops forgot to add I only do XC up to 1m atm so they aren't really corners more like cake slices!
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Firstly they are called SKINNY PALLISADES and never anything else, for the purposes of course walking and going over the course in my head
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So I ride them like a skinny - reasonably forward but not so much so that we could take a flyer. And I try to keep her straight straight straight. I'm fine as long as she locks on!
 

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Both my horses I've evented to any serious level have been excellent corner jumpers. I jump it straight across so at 90degrees to the line running down the middle as described above. On a scopey horse I feel happy to jump it a little wider in order to prevent a glance off.
In this pic you can see I'm jumping it wider than most people had but it was ona cruving related distance from the previous fence and my horse doesnt always turn very well so I angled the first element and rode a straight line to the corner on 1 less stride which put me a little further off it. My horse is very scopey and this is only a novice corner- I wouldnt jump it that far along if it was a big intermediate corner!

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(Thanks Wizoz for the pic!)
 
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