Finding Distances

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > English Riding > Jumping

Finding Distances

This is a discussion on Finding Distances within the Jumping forums, part of the English Riding category

LinkBack Thread Tools
    11-09-2011, 12:57 PM
Finding Distances

My biggest issue with jumping has always been finding my spots. I've been fortunate in the past to have ridden horses that will save my butt if I really mess up, but the horse I have now is newer to jumping too, and while he's very talented he doesn't always know where to put his feet either so we can be quite the mess sometimes haha. So it's time to buckle down and fix this problem. I was just wondering if anyone has any pointers about learning how to see distances better. I'm always counting strides out loud or in my head and practice counting down up to 5 strides out. Still, sometimes I come up to a fence and my brain just shuts off! Any ideas?
Sponsored Links
    11-09-2011, 04:33 PM
I would practice first with canter or trot poles to find out your horses stride length and then practice as if you were jumping w/o actually jumping... meaning put the poles in btwn the standards until ur comfortable counting them and it becomes natural and then raise them to actual jumps and try again.
    11-10-2011, 02:13 PM
Sitting up and keeping your shoulders back all the way to the jump really helps you see the distance better. If you're anticipating and getting too ahead of yourself and the horse, that's when you get messy on distances. It can also cause the horse to refuse. You should be sitting and supporting the horse the whole entire way to the fence.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Walking Distances? MoodIndigo Eventing 4 08-28-2011 01:20 PM
Barrel distances iloverains Barrel Racing 2 04-02-2011 01:28 AM
How do you find your distances? WHISKEY4EVER93 Jumping 17 03-09-2009 10:44 PM
Getting a new jumper used to distances.. idance0nhooves Horse Training 2 09-07-2008 12:53 PM
distances jazzyrider Jumping 5 03-20-2008 04:09 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:33 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0