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post #1 of 5 Old 08-05-2013, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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Distances, distances. What are we doing wrong?

For the past couple of weeks my horse has started getting the worst distances. She's never done this before.

She had about a year off jumping and we just started back. Last year we were doing 18"-2' and now we are doing 2' to 2'3".

But she almost always gets the distance to the bigger fences. She is horrible over CROSSRAILS. I don't get it. And it's one line in particular. There is another line the same amount of strides we have and she always gets the distance there too. Given, the out is a 2' flowerbox with a pole. But on the one line we have trouble with, even when we make a 2' vertical she still chips the out, or sometimes takes it long. More chipping than anything though.

Most of the time she has a good pace, so I don't think she's too dead/too fast. She's barely 15hhs but has short legs and she tends to get something like an 11' stride. So my trainer has told me just let her get that and don't try to make her haul booty down the lines.

It's so frustrating and I can't understand what I'm doing wrong. Anybody got any advice/suggestions for us?

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post #2 of 5 Old 08-05-2013, 11:20 AM
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maybe she's just getting used to jumping again...though you would think it would take less time then it is.....

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It is up to the rider to judge the distance between jumps and ride the line accordingly. If she has a short stride, then its up to you to make the proper adjustments to get an even, smooth number for strides between the jumps. Your trainer is right in not wanting to rush the jumps. You never want to teach a horse to rush the jump. But you do want to work on lengthening and shortening the stride. That doesn't mean speed up or slow down the horse, but just making the proper adjuments in the striding for what the distance calls for.

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post #4 of 5 Old 08-05-2013, 11:42 AM
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It is not up to the rider to do the distances, it is up to the training and to keeping the contact to the base of the fence (which is why c.r. is problematic).

Little fences are really problematic long term. Certainly caveletti to X/bounces can be smaller. But then move on, good jumpers get sloppy over small bumps.

Even bascule (landing and taking off the same distance from the fence) is taught by adding proper fences. And it is not about going faster, but better technique. Too long/low/loose and the bascule will be problematic.

THis is what the teacher/trainer should be setting up through proper use of types of fences.
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If these don't help you, you two are beyond helping. Just kidding!!!! But this 3-part series did WONDERS for me. Distances are about the rider, not the horse - unless you're on a schoolmaster who's there to teach the student. This is not your case. Anyways, check them out and hopefully you'll find at least something useful! There are many excellent tips in these videos.
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