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post #1 of 6 Old 03-19-2008, 01:06 AM Thread Starter
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distances

have I got this right:

Average horse stride is 12ft
They need 6ft for landing and take off
So an average jump would have a distance of 24ft between them

Bounce:
6ft????? Im not sure at all but im assuming it is half of the normal stride and do you take into account the take off and landing still making a bounce 18ft??

Trot poles:

How far apart on average would you put poles? I've been using some lately but im having a hard time getting the right distance.

Thanks in advance guys

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post #2 of 6 Old 03-19-2008, 09:55 AM
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They say the average stride is 12 feet.... but my opinion is the 'ideal' stride is 12 feet! I think 12 is a little long for the average horse to go at an easy pace. At our schooling shows they bring it down a bit to help out the school horses and older horses.

Yes, the average 1 stride would have 24 feet in between. A bounce would be 12 feet (6 feet landing, 6 feet take off, no stride in between)

Bounce- 12 feet
1 stride- 24 feet
2 stride- 36 feet
3 stride 48 feet
Etc

Trot poles- ~4 feet
Canter poles- ~ 9 feet

That's how I do it anyways!
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post #3 of 6 Old 03-19-2008, 12:50 PM
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I am in the process of moving into my new house but have all the information in one of my handbooks. I will try to it and I'll come back on here to post it all. In the mean time I tried to look up info online but only came up with this, isnt very helpful sorry.

http://showrider.com/showrider/jumperridingtips2.htm

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post #4 of 6 Old 03-19-2008, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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^^^ thanks for that :)

Upnover - thank you :) that was very helpful

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glad I could help!
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post #6 of 6 Old 03-20-2008, 03:09 PM
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I second upnover. Good explanation!

For trot poles, I usually measure out a little over 4 feet, using my feet heel to toe (I don't carry around a measuring tape!). That's usually a good place to start, and then you can adjust them shorter or longer as needed for your horse's stride.

If you want to use a trot pole in front of a jump, I believe it should be 9 feet from the base of the jump. Just in case you needed to know...

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