Learn About Jumping Horses
Review some basics about Horse Jumps and Play the Horse Jumps Memory Game
Parts of a Basic Horse Jump
Also called Poles or Cavaletti Poles, these are the posts that the horse jumps over.
The side of basic horse jumps that holds up the rails.
Holds up the jump rails and can be adjusted up or down the jump standard to raise and lower the height of the jump.
Measuring the Distance Between Horse Jumps
How to Measure a 12′ Horse Stride With Walking Steps
Did you know an average horse stride is 9-12 feet long? There is a lot of math involved in measuring the distance between jumps.
You can measure the distance between horse jumps by walking with large steps that measure approximately 3′ each.
The video below illustrates jumper rider, Nick Stewart of Across Town Farm, measuring a jump that is 12 feet wide. You can see it takes him four steps to walk to the other end of the jump.
How to Measure the Distance Between a Pole that is 9’ from a Horse Jump
You can measure the distance between horse jumps by walking with large steps that measure approximately 3′ each. Here is Nick Stewart measuring a pole that is 9′ from a jump. You can see it takes him 3 steps to walk to the pole on the ground.
Pony Stride Distances
There are many variables that come into play when measuring pony strides between jumps including the size of the pony, the size of the jumps, and the pace of the course. This chart from MDC Stirrups illustrates distances for small, medium, and large ponies going at a steady, normal, and flowing speeds.