I put him over poles yesterday's ride, and he did very well! I set them just shy of 4.5 feet apart, 3 in a row, midway down the quarterline. He seemed to enjoy doing them, and I could feel a pretty dramatic change in his carriage at just that distance; head down, significantly more bounce, and a big stretch up frm his back.
Since this was his first real experience with trot poles, I was pretty careful to really get out of his way going over them; 2 pointing over the poles and putting my hands forward to put slack in the reins. Should I be aiming to eventually ride them with soft contact, posting "normally" as he gets stronger and more comfortable with the exercise?
We went over a single pole several times to warm up, and then the 3 pole setup about six times only, 3 times on each rein.
Thanks so much for your help, everyone!!