So i want to set up a gymnastics and i want to make sure i get the distances right. so my pony is 13.2hh and he has a pretty small stride so what would the distance be for... the first jump would be a cross pole to a vertical to another vertical to an oxer. so it would be a bounce to a one stride to a two stride. if that makes any sense lol.
You have to play with it a little to determine what best fits your horse. If you can figure out your horse's trotting stride over poles, it will give you a good place to start. If your horse's trot stride is 4', that would give you the distance from the first ground pole to the first crossrail. 8' later would roughly give you a bounce stride at the canter. It you added a vertical after that, you'd factor in another 3' on each end for landing and takeoff at the canter which would be 14' between the crossrail and the vertical. It's easiest if you have a person on the ground who can adjust the jumps a bit if your horse is struggling to meet the distances. Most horse's trot stride is around 4'6". I just used 4' since your horse is a pony.
Another thing you can do is figure out his trot stride using ground poles, and then figure out the canter stride the same way. Then add in roughly 3' whenever takeoff or landing in the canter is involved. Hope that helps.
1. are you trotting in or cantering in?
2) how high are the fences?
3) is your pony on an "average" medium pony stride of 11 feet?
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