Enhancing Your Horse’s Trail Performance: Stride Length between Obstacles, provided by eXtension
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Enhancing Your Horse’s Trail Performance: Stride Length between Obstacles, provided by eXtension

August 30, 2019


You need to teach your eye a distance, and so what we
are going to try to do if find six strides so how you step that out is you go this is one,
this is two, this is three, this is four and we are off here that would be four and a half, ok?
So we are gonna come a little wider, and I might only have it 5 strides because I don’t have
enough on the white. So you might have to come out straighter this is 1, this is 2, this is 3, this
is 4, this is 5, ok so we’ll probably only be able to get 5 in here cause I don’t have 24
feet this way. And again you’d come straight out this is 1, this is 2, this is 3, this is 4, this is 5, ok?
So , you just take him into the lope and we are going to find the 5 strides. If it gets reckless, just
come out of the wheel and go back in. So, you can begin, right there left lead and it doesn’t
matter if you do 4 strides or 3 strides but pretty soon I’m going to get you where you do 5 strides. So, we have 1, 2, 3 and 1, 2, 3. Ok
now you have to turn it into a four stride. Which means you are going to have to go straighter and around the corner. So, we’ve got 1, 2, 3. Good, now right there as she passed
that pole, you will see that she went to the outside that would be a 5 point penalty in case you wondered. How I stepped it off doesn’t seem to be working for this one so, it’s
2 3, 1 2 3 4, 1 2 3 4, 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4, 1 2 3 4, now try to cut it down to a three. 1
2 3 and a half, 1 2 3, you have to get in, 1 2 3 1 2 3, 1 2 3, cut it tighter, 1 2 3, 1 2
3, and he split the pole but he is saving her. So, this is tough to do, to switch it from a 3 to a 4, now
go back to a 4, 1 2 3 4 5, there’s our 5 Good, go back, just go right back in. So, pretty soon
you get pretty adept at finding with your eye a 5 a 4 and a 3. People say to me what happens in a
wheel if I do a 3 and then I do a 4. It’s not a specific deduction but it looks more consistent.
She went on the outside of the pole there that would be a 5 point penalty not a DQ anymore. 2 3 4, 1
2 3 4, 1 2 3 4. Now anytime you want to throw in a 3. There. Good. Back out to a 4. 3 4,
1 2 3 4, back down to a 3, very good. So, now her eye has gotten to where she needs to be, now stop.

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