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    04-02-2011, 10:30 AM
Distance between jumps

I'm thinking that I'll start to jump a little again next month (did it 3 years ago). I'll do just the small ones, but I'm wondering how far apart I have to put the jumps? What the distance should be in walk, trot and what in canter? My trainer always put the jumps before me and now I'm lost...
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    04-03-2011, 12:32 PM
First you have to look at how long your horses stride is. I personally like setting lines based on a 12 foot stride. This way a horse with a big stride can fit in it and a short strided horse has enough room to add a stride. You also need to account for landing and take off room, this is 6 feet for landing and 6 feet for take off.

I walk out [my strides are 3ft long] out the line in how many strides I want, then one more for landing and take off - hope that makes sense !
    04-03-2011, 01:26 PM
Thanks :) I'll see how it will go next month. What about trot? When there is a jump for every step? I'm going to adjust the jumps after I'll see how we will do it, but now I just need to know approximate distances.
    04-04-2011, 12:12 AM
Showjump Distances and Stride Distance in Showjumping
    04-04-2011, 10:14 AM
Thanks I find this article very helpful :)

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