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Tip/Quote of the Day # 3189
To be truly safe when jumping cross country, both horse and rider should learn to love that deep takeoff spot.
Please note that a "chip" is not the same as a deep spot. A chip is when the horse adds a stride unexpectedly, usually because the rider is going for a long spot or otherwise interfering with the horse's striding, and the horse is out of balance. And that's where the rotational falls happen. A deep spot in balance is the safest place to be.