Distance between jumps?
Ok so I might be leasing a horse soon and I think it is about time I learn how to set up jumps, how to measure the correct distance between them and stuff so that I can set up jumps and courses with out endangering the horse. I have always taken lessons where my instructor has set them up so I never needed to, but if I want to practice when the instructor isn't around i'll need to know. Any help from you guys would be awesome.
Usually, its about 3 feet per stride inbetween the jumps.
My horses stride is about 11 feet. So if I wanted two strides between the jumps I would set them up 22 feet apart. If I wanted a bounce, 11 feet. However each horse has a different stride length related mostly to their height. Shorter horses tend to have shorter strides. My horse is tall and has a big stride. If your horse is short you might want to try 10 feet per stride first.
Just set up your jumps with 8-12 feet between per stride and then jump them, and adjust if they don't feel right. Ideally your horse should be able to adjust his stride length, and take off point to jump from a variety of different lengths between jumps, as that is what he would face at a show. But it is good to know his stride length for when you are practicing exercises at home and want to concentrate on some other part of your ridding.
The standard measurement used in hunter rings is a 12 foot stride length and you need 6 feet to take off and land on either side of a jump. So if you were setting up a 4 stride line (going on a 12 foot stride) you would need 6 feet for landing and take off plus 4 strides at 12 feet each for a total of 60 feet. But as Sophie said above, horses' stride lengths vary.
Can I just add though that you should NEVER be jumping without a coach!!
So if I'm in the arena and ready to set up the jumps and stuff, how would I go about it? I probably won't have a measuring stick with me to measure it out, how do you guys usually do it? I don't know how my instructor does it, a lot of experience I guess, but she just walks taking big steps and counts the strides.. I dunno.
The distance between jumps changes , several factors have to be taken into account , the main one being how big is your horse . There are also variations on types of jump , how high is the jump , what the ground is like.
a good guide is for an upright to an upright , one non jumping stride for 13.2 = 6.25m to 7m , 14.2 = 6.55m to 7.45m , 15.2 = 7.3m to 7.9m
If the jump is small the horse may jump flat and long , a horses stride may lengthen if the ground is springy / jumping slightly downhill / jumping towards home / barn - and the opposite is also true .
generally use measurements as a rough guide and see how it goes , see if you can get a book on basic course building that will not only help you with striding but also do's and don'ts for course building
Another good trick to learn especially once you have a one stride double set up is to work out how many of your steps equal to one of your horses strides. I've found with my horse that four big steps = 1 stride, so when setting up jumps I just take 8 big steps between them (2 landing, 2 takeoff and one stride)
I Heart Hershey, I think we might be from different places so you might do things different where you are, but I was just wondering why you need to have a coach present to jump at all? I'm all for lessons and training, but I don't see the harm in jumping without a coach on hand 24/7 (so long as there's some form of supervision or at least another person there). Goodness knows, if I only jumped when I had an instructor or trainer there I'd be lucky to jump once a month!
Sorry for taking my reply a little off track...
I would suggest you at least have someone watching you and there to move the jumps as needed. getting a book about setting up courses is a great idea too
I measured my feet once and so I use my feet like measuring tape.
Also I don't think it's bad to jump without an instructor, so long as someone knows you are ridding, or even better comes with you to searce as jump crew. Hard to find those people sometimes though
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