Designers may make an obstacle more difficult by placing it along the side of a steep hill, at the top of a mound (so the horse can not see the landing until he is about to take off, testing bravery), or use the natural trees and ditches to force riders to take slightly more difficult lines to their fences.
Obstacles usually are built to look "natural" (out of logs, for instance), however odd materials and decorations may be added to test the horse's bravery.
A black stripe on the red flag indicates that it is an option for the obstacle, and another route may be taken if the rider so chooses, without penalty.
All obstacles are numbered, and the color of the numbering can indicate which level the fence is for if multiple levels are competing at the event.
Most designers use accuracy fences, such as skinnies (fences with a narrow face) and corners, to make the rider's job more difficult, while still being very "horse-friendly." All courses begin with a "start box," where the horse and rider wait as the time keeper begins to count-down to their start time.
They are not allowed to go out the front of the box before the timer reaches zero on the count-down, nor are they allowed to have a flying start.
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