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  • How far should trotting poles be apart
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    02-03-2010, 11:47 AM
Originally Posted by Beau Baby    
how far apart do you put the canter poles and even trot poles. Is it 3'?
I do about three long strides between poles( I am 5'9). I try to be pretty accurate with my strides but every once in a while I will have to adjust them.

My friend had an AWESOME book all about flat work and ground pole work and had exact measurements and we would use that to change things up. It had something like 50 different ground pole exercises and the horses loved it :) I'll see if I can get the title of the book from her.
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    02-03-2010, 11:56 AM
I pretty much always do my trot poles at 4.5ft unless im riding a younger horse with a long stride, then I do 5ft. There is a great exercise you can do with trot poles or canter poles where you set them on a circle at 3 different lengths to practice adjustment, 4ft, 4.5ft, & 5ft distances.
    02-03-2010, 07:44 PM
Okay thanks guys. Cause I have a horse I'm going to introduce to jumping this summer and we'll work on ground poles a lot.
    02-04-2010, 04:02 AM
Green Broke
Just remember to take it slow Beau Baby, and I'm sure you'll be great! Any questions, feel free to PM me. I just finished the "training" part of my OTTB's jumping.
    02-04-2010, 07:06 PM
Awesome thnx Chingazboy. I might pm you abut my other horse. I've jumped 2'5" oxars on him last year but this will be our first year showing. We'll be doing eventing.
    02-05-2010, 09:54 PM
Jumperjax....why do you lie about how high you jump? I've seen your videos, those jumps are not 4ft3. The standards themselves can attest to that, they aren't 8 feet high. Schooling 4ft6? I doubt it.



Random poles on the ground a great for establishing a rythm with obstacles, raised poles, jumps with poles before and after to create balance.
    02-07-2010, 08:01 AM
I do pole work, grid work, and lots and lots of flatwork! LOL

A good grid work exercise is: an upright, four strides, an upright, one stride, an upright.

Another good thing to do is varying your stride length. Set up two jumps, with four strides between them. Using those jumps, try and extend and fit in three strides between the two jumps. Then, collect your canter and try and fit in five strides.

It's also fun to set up three jumps with five strides between them. Once you clear the first fence, stretch to fit in four strides. Once you clear the second fence, collect your horse and try to fit in five strides before you clear the last fence. It is hard work, but it allows for you to adjust your horses strides.

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