Originally Posted by CasiraghiTrio
Is it because on show jumping, there is more emphasis on the perfect form of the jump? I don't know if it is so, only guesssing at why cross country could be considered "easier", though I'm sure both have their own challenges.
Or maybe because there is a tighter concourse with show jumping, where the cross country course has more running time between the obstacles?
In SJ, you really do have to be precise, get a turn wrong and you lose time, which can lose you points. Ask your horse to jump at the wrong point and that's a fence down. When you walk the course, you have to decide your line, to have a clear round and the fastest time. In other words, there is very little room for any errors.
In CC, although you walk the course and try to decide which way you are going to go, which portion of some of the jumps you are going to attempt, there is room for maneuver. The jumps are more solid, but there are large areas where you can shave time off of your round.
It is all great fun though!