Finding Distances

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Finding Distances

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  • How to see distances while jumping
  • How to find your spot while jumping horse riding

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    11-09-2011, 11:57 AM
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?
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    11-09-2011, 03:33 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, 01:13 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.

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