Length of trot poles and canter poles?

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    12-25-2007, 09:43 AM
Length of trot poles and canter poles?

I am curious about the length you should set up trot poles, which I've heard will help to teach a horse to trot consistently and also to pick up his feet.
I would like to do this with my 16.1TB, but am not sure what length to space the poles for trotting, cantering, and gymnastics.
Any ideas?
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    12-25-2007, 05:04 PM
For trot poles, I was taught to put a pole down, then take 2 normal steps and put the next pole down (that make sit approx. 6' apart). For a short legged horse or pony, 1 normal steps. You just have to play around with the spacing until you figure out what works best for your horse.

Here is a good document giving approximate distances:

Some articles on the issue:
http://showrider.com/showrider/jumperridingtips1.htm - Part 1
http://showrider.com/showrider/jumperridingtips2.htm - Part 2
    12-26-2007, 08:12 AM
Wow! Thank you so much for your advice and for the articles you attached! I read them and they had JUST the info I was looking for. Thank you!

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