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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr. 13, 2013

    Default Distances to Oxers

    For a square oxer, do you usually find the distance to the front or back of the jump? What's safer?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar. 22, 2005
    Where it is perpetually winter


    I've had it taught to me both ways - that you look at the back rail or that you look at the front rail and the back rail is your horse's concern. I ride to the front rail.

    Edit: Now that I think about it more, I think I ride to the front rail. I've never actually thought about how I ride it, I just do it ...
    Last edited by supershorty628; Jun. 7, 2013 at 09:26 PM.

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug. 2, 2004
    Golden State


    I ride all oxers to the front rail. The distance inside the line is measured from the back rail of the first jump to the Front rail of the next one. Other than keeping my horse round and balanced up, I don't consider the back rail at all. Well, unless I am in the jumper ring and it's a behemoth spread then I make sure I am round,balanced AND have enough power to create a large enough arc. In the hunter ring oxers aren't wide so the arc of jumping the fence properly will take you over the back rail. Don't look down and don't lean out.
    I can explain it TO you,but I can't understand it FOR you

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep. 21, 2005
    Sacramento, CA


    I look at the front rail too. I ride jumpers. I press out over the wide ones, but other than knowing that I need to ride over/past the jump, I don't really think about the back rail.

    ETA I just saw your other thread and I see you're looking for insight into how people ride oxers. Don't lean, don't look down. Do concentrate on riding over and past your jump, focus up ahead where you want to eventually be. If you have a good quality canter and are nice and straight, looking ahead and up, you will be fine.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep. 5, 2005


    Back rail. It gets you to a better distance.

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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug. 11, 2000
    Washington, DC


    I've been out of the game a long time, but doesn't it depend on the horse? I always rode my junior jumper to the back rail, but she also had a very quick and careful front end, but not excessive scope. The rule with her was always a fast pace and distance choices of deep or deeper.

    I would have ridden a scopey horse that needed space in front of the jump very differently.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar. 23, 2013


    I ride to the front rail, as that's where the distance is measured to, but I also like to ride my oxers slightly deep so that he is at his peak at the back rail. If I rode an oxer like a verticle, he'd take off too soon and he'd drop the back rail.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan. 27, 2012
    Covington, LA


    I was always taught to ride to the front rail. In fact in the warm up ring when I was riding for a rub my trainer always told me to ride for the back rail.

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