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post #1 of 3 Old 10-01-2011, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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How far should poles be laid apart?

With my app I lay my poles four and a half feet apart and he goes over them nicely. However Cheyenne does not. She tries her best but it's like o matter what I do she is either shortening her stride or elongating it to go over the poles . I would like her to be able to go over them fluently without having to shorten or lengthen her stride. Oh yeah! Chey is gaited and she does not trot at all. I honestly don't think she knows how because I have never seen her trot at all. Even in the pasture.

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post #2 of 3 Old 10-02-2011, 09:23 PM
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While 4'6" is the norm for trot poles, you have to ultimately adjust them to where your hose can do them comfortably. Just play with it. Shorten them until your horse can do them without overreaching.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #3 of 3 Old 10-02-2011, 09:29 PM
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It is not realistic to ask a gaited horse to easily go through TROT poles.
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