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Spirithorse 12-18-2009 09:51 PM

ground pole spacing
What is the "rule" of spacing for ground poles for w/t/c? I want to start incorporating gymnastic type exercises into my sessions with my guy...he's 16.2hh if that helps any.

gypsygirl 12-18-2009 09:55 PM

for the average horse, 4.5feet for trot poles. about 9-10 feet for canter poles

Spirithorse 12-18-2009 09:58 PM

Okay, thanks! Hmm, because my guy is a bit more than average lol I'll have to space them out a tad more I guess.

gypsygirl 12-18-2009 10:03 PM

haha always fun =] sometimes i set up a few trot [or canter] poles in different spots around the arena & set one average and one a bit short & one a bit long so they have to adjust themselves as you go around. i sometimes raise a couple of them too

Spirithorse 12-18-2009 10:05 PM

Good ideas....with my guy though I hesitate to set up poles that cause him to shorten his stride....but I can play around with it and mess with his brain lol!

luvmyqh 12-18-2009 10:11 PM

lol im starting the same stuff!! fun

gypsygirl 12-18-2009 10:12 PM

why is that ?

Spirithorse 12-18-2009 10:14 PM

I can see some benefit in having them be able to shorten their stride some, but I just don't think it's *that* great of an idea.....does that make any sense? lol.

gypsygirl 12-18-2009 11:58 PM

not really haha...but to each their own

ShaNeighNeigh 12-22-2009 01:41 AM

i agree with 4'5 - 5 ft for trot poles also another good general guideline is when your horse is standing square measure the distance between his front and hind feet. and that usually is a good starting guideline to where the trot poles should be placed.

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