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Exclamation Exercises to do for finding distances.

So I am training my pony Spanky, he is 6 and he was a very nice trail horse but now im am training a little jumping so he has a very cute jump he just has a lot of trouble with distances, i am not asking for an easy way to magically have perfect distances i just want exercises to help him understand something i can do by my self, thanks ! Emilie

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A pole on the ground at the base of the jump helps the horse see the base.

The standard stride length in general is 12 feet for a horse of normal size..obviously some have a longer or shorter stride. Figure the horse needs to take off roughly half the distance of his stride and will land a half stride distance away on the other side of the fence. For example, in a regular stride of 12 feet, the horse, in theory anyway, will take off six feet in front of the jump. Think of the "jump" as just the center of a horse's single stride. You want to place a pole on the ground 1 stride away from the jump..in this manner, the horse, or pony in this case, will "jump" the pole and then will be in take off position for the jump. This can help them develop their own jumping "eye" for distances.

As they get better at it yu can lengthen the distance of the pole to the jump, placing it a stride and a half away so they actually have to take a full stride before taking off. Obviously the distance changes based upon a trot or canter stride.

If you can, have a friend help you place the poles...do it on the ground first using simple trot and canter poles without a jump at the end. This will help you determine the proper distance for your pony before you use the pole in front of the jump.
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First, work on lengthening and shortening his canter stride. When your seat become lighter in te saddle, his stride should lengthen. Not faster, longer. When you sit deep, he should shorten his stride. Not less energy, just shorter.

Now put two poles on the ground, four strides apart. Practice riding through them. Fours strides, five strides, four, try for six, try for three.

Just an exercise my trainer has me do :)
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