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How can I start seeing a better distance before the jump?

How can I start seeing a better distance before the jump?
Try counting 3-2-1 or 1-2-3 during the last three strides and/or counting the strides in lines! It works for me!
Hi Maria!
My trainer has always taught us that once you turn the corner and are on the path to the jump, and have the horses eye on it, you start counting like you're in a line. It triggers a reaction in your brain that even though it's a single fence, counting helps you find the rythm of the counter and know what stride you should take off at.
I hope this helps!
Hi Maria,
Practice counting your strides while you are warming up at the canter and try to keep your pace consistent. When you start at the jumps continue counting and maintaining your stride. Start counting at 1 and start over when you reach 8. Counting will help you see how many strides it will be to the base of the jump from far out, and from there you can adjust your stirde to make the distance work.
Hi Maria,
If you have a trainer, have your trainee count outloud for you while you are jumping. He/she could could down from 3 or 5 until you start to see the distances for yourself. This has helped me, and eventually you will be able to see strides from further out each time. It takes practice, and patients, but I'm sure you can get there.
I hope this helps!
I used to be awful at seeing distances, but then I began putting canter poles on the ground and having a jump at the end. For example, 3 poles followed by a jump. Or you could put a pole one stride out or have it as a bounce stride. You'll then eventually get used to the feel of your horses stride & can see the distance better. Hopes this helps!