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post #1 of 18 Old 03-01-2009, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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Question How do you find your distances?

what is a short and long distances? And how do you find a short distance and how do you find a long distance???

well thanks for you help!! Hayley

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I'll answer this pretty simply, just because I know there are others on here that can give you a more detailed response.

When you look for a distance to a jump, you are looking for the ideal take-off spot for your horse. The typical take off spot is as far away from the jump as it is tall. So lets say you are going over a 2' jump, you want your horse to take off 2' in front of the jump. Taking a long spot would be if the horse jumped further away from the jump than 2', and a short spot would be if the horse jumped closer than 2' from the jump.


I won't say anything more, because I have a hard time conveying what I know into words like this. I'm curious to see what other people say though.

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post #3 of 18 Old 03-02-2009, 11:56 AM
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You don't want to find a shhort or long distamce, you want to find the perfect distance. Basically, a long distance is taking off to far away, a short distance is taking off to close
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LOL. There are a lot of technical rules for it, but really, in the moment, you just have to see it and know it is right and that you need to ease off to make it, push for it, or hold steady. You also have to know when to get out of your horse's way and let them take the spot they need. Over time, you develop a feel and an eye for it that becomes instinctual. Even when I didn't ride for several years :(, I couldn't watch show jumping without mentally looking for all the spots.

Also, it's more than the height of the jump...if it's a wide oxer that's 2 feet tall, you need to take off differently than for a bar that's 2 feet tall.
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In the long run, you want your horse to beable to find the distances himself.
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my horse likes a long distance..
Ill pop up a pic showing a long distance.
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Is it that your horse "likes" long distances?? Or is it because you are telling him otherwise with your body?

I'd guess the latter :)
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Lol he doesnt do it that bad with me.. that's my mate riding him and he does it every jump like that with her.

He "launches" off like that with little jumps cause he thinks there too small for him haha.
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In the long run, you want your horse to be able to find the distances himself.
True. But the person who depends on that and that alone will end up in the jump, esp. If the horse is green to jumping. How can you tell if something is wrong and prepare for it (or correct it) if you can't see the spot as well as your horse?

But certainly someone who is just learning to jump will be on a dependable horse that can find those distances until they get the feel for it.
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Right - but you are talking about a green mount. A green mount has much more to learn, than finding the distance themselves - that is for a mount who is more experienced....and a horse that can find their own distances, is something to be saught after.

George Morris talks about it and so does Jim Wofford. Two GREATS in this world of Jumping and Eventing.

Of course the rider needs to know where the distances are - we all do.

Rolex horses, can find their own distances - because they are allowed to learn to do so.
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