06-27-2013, 06:03 PM
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First, I would lunge my horse over the poles. A horse that isn't used to them will overjump them and can get very nervous on the approach.
I don't know the standard distance, BUT, if you want to take the time to rake a section of the track, ride your horse at a posting trot over it, dismount (& tie) your horse to measure, then place the poles equidistant between the strides, you will have the correct distance.
WhatEVER you do, make sure that the poles are secured on both sides with big rocks or bricks--4/pole--so that if you horse shortens/lengthens stride he won't step on a rolling pole and strain muscles.
My personal preference is to use cavaletti bc they will roll if you horse hits them.