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        11-24-2008, 11:30 AM
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    Originally Posted by yv0nne    
    About the bolded part.. I've jumped 3 times in my life but I was always told you leave at a spot where the horse is making an even arc from feet leaving the ground to feet going back on the ground. So, is that correct or is it always a the same distance? 6ft seems like a long distance for that jump?
    Sorry, I guess I kind of worded that funny. Your horse will not take off 6 feet in front of the ground line unless it's a larger jump. When you're setting a course, you measure 6 feet from the middle of the fence out to be the take off point. So the space of half the jump and groundlines is a good foot if not 2. So the horse would probably be taking off closer to around 4 feet in front of a 2 foot jump. It will also depend on the horse. The "average" horse stride is expected to be 12 feet long. That is what they will set the lines at in a typical hunter class at the A shows. I find that most older horses, school horses, etc are a bit shorter, closer to an 11 foot stride.
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        11-24-2008, 07:47 PM
    For a jump that size, the takeoff should be about 3-4 feet out. I've never heard of a takeoff six feet out.

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