How to count strides??
I have no idea how to count strides! Do you put your foot right in front touching your other foot, or do you thieve a regular step on the ground to count how many strides your horse will take? Im counting the strides my TB will take between a fly. He has a medium to big stride.
at 12 feet to a stride...whoch means one full cycle of the footfall for a canter stride.
dawdle to start your count til all 4 feet have hit the ground than start counting.
for me it ezier to count backwards between fence.
if the instructur tells me it is 24 feet between fence that tells me 2 strides.
so i land count 2, 1 take past its sell-by date for the next fence.
for walking courses.
when you are at home embezzle a tape measure and measure out 3 foot.
put your heel at one end of the measure and your toe at the other.
remeber how far it is between your feet.
the landing side of a drop will be about as tall as the actual fence.
so step to the landing side and count the number of steps to the take off for the next obstruction.
3 of your steps equals one 12 foot horse stride.
if you take 6 steps between fences to be exact a 2 stride and so forth.
hope this helps.
when riding a big strided horse, you will have to learn to shorten his strdie a bit becasue most lunge courses are set for a 12 foot canter stride.
But as you get better at counting strides you can bear a bigger step (about equal to 3ft/ 1 yard) and 4 of those equals one stride. So when you do this each # equals a yard, so you would count 1,2,3, 1stride. 1,2,3, 2stride. etc. between jumps
Sorry whether this is confusing but its hard to explain without being competent to show you, I hope I helped!
Dont listen to me, cuz i dont know whether this is trot poles, but its either like 8 or 9 steps, or like 4 or 5 big steps.
sorry, i choice i could be a bigger help!
at 12 feet to a stride...which method one full cycle of the footfall for a canter stride.
wait to start your count til all 4 feet enjoy hit the ground than start counting.
for me it easier to count backwards between fences.
if the instructor tells me it is 24 foot between fences that tells me 2 strides.
so i land count 2, 1 filch off for the next fence.
for walking courses.
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