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post #1 of 5 Old 08-27-2011, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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Walking Distances?

I need a little memory refresh. I was setting up a grid yesterday, and my mind went blank?! I forgot how to count distances?! LOL. I was like, wait, two steps for landing? Three steps for landing? o.O

Someone help me out!

How many steps for a bounce, one stride, two stride?

12 ft. stride = 4 steps
4 steps + 2 steps for a one stride = 6 steps? Yes? No? /:


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post #2 of 5 Old 08-27-2011, 01:16 PM
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For smaller jumps, you do not need as much allowance for takeoff and landing as you would a 5'+ grand prix type fence.

For a 2'3-6ish jump, I would just use one stride for takeoff/landing.

Now, hopefully I get this right, as striding is still fairly new for me.

For a one stride, you need 1+4+1=6

For a two stride, you would need 1+4+4+1=10 steps.

A bounce, I am not sure of, but obviously it has to be fairly close.

BUT if you take big (or small) steps, then you have to take that into account as well.

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Thanks Velvet.

Just as a disclaimer I guess, just tell me the generic distances and steps. I know my horse will be different than all of yours and everything, just want to know a good rule of thumb when setting jumps!
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Are you doing vertical to vertical? An oxer to a vertical? Oxer to a vertical will make a standard distance feel a little short. Make sure if you do an oxer first that you're measuring the distance from the back rail to the next jump, not front rail to front rail.

Edit: Also it depends on how you have to approach the combination. Coming 2-3 strides out of a corner to the first jump will probably make a distance feel longer since coming around that corner can make you lose some power if you're not keeping up on your tempo and stride. My coach recently set up a triple combination (oxer, two strides, vertical, one stride, big boxes) and even though the oxer was first you had to move along to get that two strides in, and then had to steady through the one so you didn't get too close to the third effort.

Edit again: Distances, sorry I forgot! A one stride is 24 ft, two stride is 36 ft. If you're in an indoor make them a foot or two short, because the standard distances will ride long when you're in an indoor arena.

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Thanks Strange!
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