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post #21 of 39 Old 03-27-2011, 06:02 PM
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I guess I do it differently than a lot of folks, then again I am kinda figuring most of this stuff out as I go. As I approach a fence, I just think, "does that next stride fit?" "does that next one fit?" I just keep re-assessing it. Usually about 4 strides out, I know if I have to shorten a tad or ask for a few longer strides. One tip that did help me lot was to think about getting the horse's back legs to the fence instead of the whole horse. Don't know why it works, but it does. The counting thing just makes me anticipate and jump ahead.

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I guess I do it differently than a lot of folks, then again I am kinda figuring most of this stuff out as I go. As I approach a fence, I just think, "does that next stride fit?" "does that next one fit?" I just keep re-assessing it. Usually about 4 strides out, I know if I have to shorten a tad or ask for a few longer strides. One tip that did help me lot was to think about getting the horse's back legs to the fence instead of the whole horse. Don't know why it works, but it does. The counting thing just makes me anticipate and jump ahead.
I agree, I sometimes jump WAY off when I count. Its better for me if I just think "stride, stride, stride, stride" or "1, 2, 1, 2". Actually, once, the horse I was riding was very confused by a pole a stride in front of the jump. She kept jumping the jump in two parts. Front legs, pause, back legs. So going to the jump, I literally said, out loud and in front of a crowd "YOU CAN DO IT! YOU CAN DO IT! YOU CAN DO IT!" for the last three strides. It actually made me get to the fence at a perfect spot.
Counting seems to help me stride when I'm nervous, but normally it just makes me jump ahead. Sometimes when I count I stop thinking and will jump the jump for the horse...A stride or two early.
Personally I think "seeing strides" and striding in general really depends on your level. A beginner rider might rely on counting and think they're micromanaging their horse (when really the horse has taken complete control) while a more advanced rider may be able to ride a course without much adjusting at all because they know their horse understands strides better than them.

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I literally said, out loud and in front of a crowd "YOU CAN DO IT! YOU CAN DO IT! YOU CAN DO IT!" for the last three strides. It actually made me get to the fence at a perfect spot.
Ha! I do a similar thing, but it's more of an out loud rider checklist since I ride alone a lot. Three strides out, I say "open chest", two strides out "heels down", one stride out, "squeeze legs and release" Notice that last phrase takes longer than one stride, so it times me perfectly to release my horse's neck without dropping him prematurely. I guess as long as a system works, it's good!
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I normally see it at about 3 strides out. I'm relearning jumping right now, my trainer is helping me to stay safer and more effective in the saddle. I'm actually starting to see a distance 3 strides out instead of just hanging on and hoping my horse picks the distance for me. I was never taught up until now how to see a distance and to count strides.

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I really suck at strides. I generally start counting about five strides and Rebel is SO BAD about helping me set up that sometimes....I just pray he doesn't hit a rail....

Me and my trainer have been working on him a LOT on that. But he gets so excited sometimes ^^

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It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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I really suck at strides. I generally start counting about five strides and Rebel is SO BAD about helping me set up that sometimes....I just pray he doesn't hit a rail....

Me and my trainer have been working on him a LOT on that. But he gets so excited sometimes ^^
My soon to be 20 year old gets that way too at times, especially if it's a long haul between the fences and that's where I can really have a problem picking out a distance.

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I'm not sure what I do.. I don't necessarily count the strides.. I count rythm. And I subconciously give my horse a squeeze on the reins to hold her until whenever we take off. I don't know how to explain it. And I half half in corners and in between long lines and I never have problems with chipping or long spots usually.

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You are probably good enough that you just trust your instincts... I'm not at that point yet lol.

I count beat, (1,2,1,2) then as I approach the jump on the last stride I say 3 so its like 1,2,1,2,1,2,1,2,3,takeoff. But I'm just learning, so I hope to be able to just see if the distance is going to work or not!

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I'm not sure what I do.. I don't necessarily count the strides.. I count rythm. And I subconciously give my horse a squeeze on the reins to hold her until whenever we take off. I don't know how to explain it. And I half half in corners and in between long lines and I never have problems with chipping or long spots usually.

thats basically just the same thing, you just dont use numbers like a lot of people do.

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Uhh, I have to think about that haha. Usually I start looking to see if I need to lengthen/shorten the stride about 3-4 strides out. Whether I actually go through with the changes I see or not is another story, hahaha.

I had like 3 lessons last summer where I just jumped around on a big figure-8 and my trainer had me counting strides. I aimed for "1,2,3,jump" but I ended up with a lot of "1,2,LEAP" and "1,2,3....4" before I started SEEING it.

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