View Full Version : How do you define scope?
Nov. 9, 2011, 04:59 PM
Is it simply the ability to have a powerful jump? I hear people use the term so differently, I wonder what the "definition" is to most of you.
Nov. 9, 2011, 05:55 PM
When I think scope, I think the horse can leave from any spot and get over safely with good form.
Nov. 9, 2011, 06:57 PM
I don't think that good form is a primary element of scope. But, since form follows function, most scopey horses need to have good form to jump as effectively as they do.
Scope is (to me) the ability of a horse to jump combined height and width successfully. A puissance horse has a lot of power off the ground, but he doesn't necessarily have scope. Same with a horse that can jump 18' of open water.
But if you combine those 2 abilities in one animal, you have one heckuva scopey horse! :D
Nov. 10, 2011, 08:22 PM
I think of a horse that can jump from anywhere and always make it look easy. There is a flow of power, they never look like they're trying no matter how big or wide the fence.