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post #1 of 7 Old 01-28-2010, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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Training to pick his feet up

Can someone tell me exactly how to place poles on the ground to get a stumbling horse to pick his feet up? Do I just get fence post and lay then in a row? about how far apart? I know this sounds like a stupid question but I really do need help with this.

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post #2 of 7 Old 01-28-2010, 02:30 PM
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This is how I would go about it, I am sure their are many out there that have different styles and I hope they respond and give you more options.

I would use at least four poles and use big enough poles that if the horse knocks them they stay put. You can use square or round poles if you are just going to use them as trot poles. Round poles do not have edges to hurt the horse if you are going to raise them up.

Distance depends on the gait. At the walk you may go 1-2 human strides at the trot 2-4, and the canter 5-7 strides. Take your horse over them and adjust them until the pole is at the center of his stride. When the horse learns to step over them you can raise them or even use them to encourage the horse to lengthen his stride by widening the distance.

You can start under saddle or on a lunge. If you lunge lay them like spokes on a wheel and you can adjust stride length by where he hits the poles. Or if your horse does not refuse them you can lay them straight against a fence and lunge him over them.

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For a guideline, you can refer to Breed Association Rules for proper pole spacing as used in competitive trail classes. For example, I think APHA rules require walk overs to be 20" - 24", jog overs to be 3' - 3'6", and lope overs to be 6' - 7' in spacing.
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post #4 of 7 Old 01-28-2010, 04:33 PM
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Once he gets it with the ground poles make a pile of em and let him pick his way thru them. Now he is thinkin about his feet and where they are!!
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post #5 of 7 Old 01-29-2010, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you, this is exactly the info I needed. I like the idea that when he gets used to them put them in a jumbled pile. just like the timber cut over land we sometimes have to ride thru. THANKS AGAIN!

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I think all these tips are awesome (especially the jumble) the only thing I would add is maybe using boots/wraps at first to protect him whilst he is learning. If he clips himself too hard he could get worse instead of better, or injure himself. Once he gets the idea, you can remove the boots and he'll get even better.
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post #7 of 7 Old 01-29-2010, 09:21 PM
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I agree with the ground pole technique i have been doing them with my horse and she seems to be responding well, don't forget to let your horse look at them though.

and mixing them up like that sounds like a great idea! I think i might just have to try it when the snow clears!

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