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  • ground pole spacing....

    Help!

    If you have a horse just beginning training with ground poles (to relax, drop their head) what spacing do you use?

    I am doing a model horse "performance" class with a trotting model being shown as just starting ground pole training. I can transition the spacing if you can give me the "real" horse information however if anyone wants to take a shot at it, he's 1:9 scale.

    Thanks ya'll
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    Originally posted by Chester's Mom View Post
    Help!

    If you have a horse just beginning training with ground poles (to relax, drop their head) what spacing do you use?

    I am doing a model horse "performance" class with a trotting model being shown as just starting ground pole training. I can transition the spacing if you can give me the "real" horse information however if anyone wants to take a shot at it, he's 1:9 scale.

    Thanks ya'll
    If you are doing troting poles. it is 4' for a 12' stride horse. but some horses have alonger stride so you want to set what works best for the horse to start and then a just in or out as you work to get a longer or shorter stride.

    Hope that helps.

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      This is one of those questions that gets all kinds of responses; here and in the real world. My advice as a non-trainer, just as someone who uses trotting poles, is to observe the horse. If he takes an extra step in between the poles at trot they are too far apart. If he is going really well and get mincy over the poles (shortens his stride) they are too close together. Start at 3' and move them out at about 6" increments, IMO. 3' is probably going to be too short, but it is a good starting place.

      Make sure he knows what to do with trotting poles first right. Put out one, walk it, trot it, then put out a second only after that. Walk it then trot it.



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        Originally posted by paulaedwina View Post
        This is one of those questions that gets all kinds of responses; here and in the real world. My advice as a non-trainer, just as someone who uses trotting poles, is to observe the horse. If he takes an extra step in between the poles at trot they are too far apart. If he is going really well and get mincy over the poles (shortens his stride) they are too close together. Start at 3' and move them out at about 6" increments, IMO. 3' is probably going to be too short, but it is a good starting place.

        Make sure he knows what to do with trotting poles first right. Put out one, walk it, trot it, then put out a second only after that. Walk it then trot it.



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          Oh. Yeah; I completely missed that.

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          • #6
            trail class

            In the western trail class we use the following spacing.
            walk poles = 2 feet
            jog poles = 3 feet and multiples thereof
            lope poles = 6 feet and multiples thereof

            You can't jog walk poles, the numbers just don't work!

            You can, however, walk through lope poles and through 6/12/24 foot jog/lope poles.

            Isn't math fun?!
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