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post #1 of 8 Old 01-03-2011, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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Table Jump Question!

Riding around the barn's cross country course today got me does a horse know how to clear a table jump? I mean I understand the concept of how they see a jump, and how they can tell how high to jump, but what about knowing what kind of effort to make to get all the way across a jump? Some of the table jumps I have seen seem insanely wide.

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post #2 of 8 Old 01-03-2011, 07:43 PM
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interested in this one too. i'm with you Dragon, tables always seem a bit scary. please, if its too high of a coop i get freaked out...
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post #3 of 8 Old 01-03-2011, 11:16 PM
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This doesn't answer your question at all, but it's still a cool video about what they see!
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this is where u being a good rider and knowing your horse comes in, u need to know how much u have to push ur horse and how much effort they put into certain jumps to know how much more u need to get out of them

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post #6 of 8 Old 01-04-2011, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for posting that video! I have read about how horses see but a visual is nice.

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post #7 of 8 Old 01-06-2011, 06:08 AM
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Good riding....XC you attack all the elimantes so differently ....when the horse is at a stage he is able to jump that big he will know by the way you are riding how much effort he needs to put in from the type of gallop you come in at.

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post #8 of 8 Old 01-06-2011, 11:15 AM
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It comes down to the horse having scope, being well schooled and knowing how to jump each question, and down to the rider and the effectiveness of their aids.

How does your horse know how to clear an oxer and jump across as well as up and over? From a distance out the horse can clearly see the jump, it's only when they get 4-6 strides away that it drops out of their view, and by that point if you're riding upper levels your horse will easily know where it needs to take off and how far it needs to jump across. If your horse has routinely schooled cross country up through the levels it will have encountered jumps with both height and width and will already know how to jump said jump. In the early stages of learning to jump, once a horse has mastered the basics of adjustability, steering, etc. over smaller jumps, one thing a previous trainer liked to do was to set up a jump that was mostly width with very little height, to teach a horse how to jump across something.

If a horse and rider pair have progressed to those types of cross country fences where spread is just as challenging as height, then both should know how to jump, what I think is, a relatively straight forward question like a table jump.

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