Originally Posted by blue eyed pony View Post
So let me get what you're trying to say.
You're not picking a long spot to jump from as such, but rather you're seeing that you need to lengthen his stride? Whereas other posters are feeling that you're taking the actual jump itself from a long spot and that's not necessarily what you're doing? I'll address feeling the need to lengthen, rather than taking the long spot.
Striding can be fixed with one of two things, depending on where your spot is at on the stride, and how far out you can tell the striding. You can lengthen the stride, or you can shorten it. Both can and do work, and for certain stridings, both can be interchangeable.
For a long time, my horse was way too forward, so I concentrated on fitting as many strides as I could in my lines. I would shorten, shorten, shorten to get my spot. Now that I've managed to remind him to keep a rhythm and stay mostly calm, I can lengthen him out as well to get my distances. I can change a four-stride line to a three or a five if I put my mind to it. Longer stride, the horse takes fewer of them, so you get a quicker time, BUT the last thing you want to do is let your horse get all hot and strung out because that's when you get out of control and/or knock rails, so you need to be able to change that out and shorten sometimes. Try it, next time you feel like you want to lengthen just a little, why not play with shortening some? You always have that choice if you have the distance to make up for it.
Yes. We end up taking off from a good spot, he just has to lengthen to get there.
He'll get a little strung out on the landing side, but I can usually get him to shorten up again and rebalance in the corners/down the line (depending on how it's riding).
I used to take the short one almost every time when I was riding Fry. We focused SO much on a short stride to a short distance because if I didn't control every step like that he'd stop and have a melt down (he also almost never took the long one).
We've been doing a lot of work with long rides to single fences to work on my eye/so I don't rely on the line to set up my distance for me, so I definitely have the option to shorten. I just like...don't see the move until it seems like it'd be too late to shorten without majorly chipping? I dunno. It always feels like lengthening is the only way to get to the fence at a good place. I'm probably just paranoid of doing anything with his mouth the last few strides.
I'm not sure if it's just Scooter I do this on or all horses. Aside from schooling the little ponies occasionally, Scoot's really the only horse I'm jumping right now.
I really need to get someone to record me riding so I can see whether or not I'd even feasibly be able to shorten and still get a good distance, haha. I'm trying to convince my mom to come out for a lesson.