The skinny fence is a popular option used by course designers to test a horse and rider’s communication and ability to stay straight. They can look rather unassuming, but the width of the fence makes it much more of a technical question that a standard galloping fence.
The positioning of horse and rider, as well as the pace and balance, all must be efficiently managed in order to safely negotiate a skinny fence. British Eventing published a brief tutorial with some insight on these fences, and it’s definitely worth a watch.
What is your favorite type of fence to jump on cross country? Do skinnies make you quake in your boots? Are you a skinny master? Share your stories in the comments below!