View Full Version : finding the distance..???
2nd Sep 2002, 04:37 PM
help! i still cant figure out how to find a distance when im jumping! It bugs me when my pony chips in or takes off long because i know if i could just find a distance then i could help her. Any ideas on how to teach myself to see a distance? thanks!
2nd Sep 2002, 04:48 PM
practice, practice and more practice i'm afraid - there aren't any shortcuts to this one. aim to count the last three strides out loud as you come into the jump, and the more you do it the better you'll get at seeing where you're going to take off and where you'd like to take off! once you can see them consistently, it's easy to adjust them.
2nd Sep 2002, 05:26 PM
you can practice over a ground pole...put up a whole cource of just ground poles. as you approach a fence count three two one, take off... even if you don't get your three two one perfect it can help you see oh no im not going to get my distance, and you can tell if the horse is speeding up or slowing down to a jump. in the middle of lines count how many strides there are. pretty soon you will be heading to a jump and you will go OH NO, and you will lengthen your stride, and before you know it you are riding to a good distance :)
my instructer has drilled the three two one into me so much even practicing myself, in shows i count three two one hehe...dont even think about it, just do it:D
3rd Sep 2002, 07:49 PM
Ernest Dillon hits the nail on the head with this one. The probelm is with seeing strides is that people look for a stride and then panic when they can't se one. The answer is don't look for one. As you come to the fence just concentrate on the rhythmn and the stride wil come to your. Some people will not wait for a stride and this also affects judgement. It does come with alot of practice. If your horse keeps going off long ones then place a short canter pole infront of the fence to encourage him to go in deeper. A key factor is quality of canter your ponyshould be travelling but balanced with a maintained rhythmn. When going from flatwork to jumping do not change the canter especially when you come into the fence.
3rd Sep 2002, 08:56 PM
lol...I just let the horse find it for me :D :)
In all honesty though, I just focus on the middle section of the top rail and try to keep a steady pace going towards it. I don't think I really have the experience to find the distance myself, but by keeping a steady pace to the fence I usually end up with a good distance.
Also, I count up, not down. Don't know why - I've always done it. I guess it was drilled into my head when I was younger so as not to be too concerned with the number of strides. I'd rather fit in a nice, even 4 on a 3-stride line with a shorter horse than have to stick him and have him throw himself over.
Just personal preference :)
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