Originally Posted by gypsygirl
^^why 12 ft ? I've never heard of that
If you are talking about a sort of bounce with a pole I would set it at 9 or 10 feet. OP I don't think this is the kind of exercise you should be doing anyways if you and your horse are so new to jumping !
Which is why I said doing it alongside with evaluating how someone is jumping..what I didn't think to add was with a trainer watching.
A normal jump stride is supposed to be 12 feet. 6 feet for taekoff, 6 feet at the landing. Agreed though and I didn't clarify. For example, a standard bounce with two jumps is set 12 feet apart and an in and out (1 stride between jumps) is set 24 feet apart. (Canter in, land 6' after the jump, take one 12' stride which takes you to the take off point fur jump 2 at 6' = 24 feet). Trotting in the distance will be shorter and the pole needs to move in, 9 feet usually works.
As gypsy indicated, it is a way to help the horse learn not to rush after the jump but you do need to have a good jumping foundation before doing this exercise. You can also, however, do this using just ground poles as a base.