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Get to grips with jumping strides!

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Ever struggled with setting up combinations when jumping? Check out this basic guide from PONY mag.

strides

Whether you are putting up fences or walking a course, you need to be good at maths (or use the calculator on your mobile!). The distance used for a non-jumping stride is 12ft or 3.65m, but smaller ponies may have a much shorter stride, so canter between poles on the ground set 9ft (2.74m) apart, and adjust them until the it’s perfect – then you will know your pony’s stride length, and two or three strides. Between fences the landing and take-off have to be included – the distance used is half a canter stride (6ft or 1.82metres)

Feeling confused? Get started with these suggestions:

  • One stride = landing + one stride + take off = 6 + 12 + 6 = 24ft (1.82 + 3.65 + 1.82 = 7.31m)
  • Two strides = landing + two strides + take-off = 6 + 12 + 12 + 6 = 36ft (1.82 + 3.65 + 3.65 + 1.82 = 10.97m)
  • Three strides = landing + three strides + take off = 6 + 12 + 12 + 12 + 6 = 48ft (1.82 + 3.65 + 3.65 + 3.65 + 1.82 = 14.63m)

Get measuring!
Put two poles on the ground 12ft or 3.65m apart (measured) stride it out so you know how many of yours equals on of your pony’s!)

 

 

 

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