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New pricing plan for Strides Exercises


Strides Exercises now has new prices. It is now $6.95USD ($9.95NZD in NZ) for a monthly subscription and $29.95USD ($49.95 NZD in NZ) for an annual subscription.

Strides Exercises is a collection of jumping exercises that I do on my horses or have used over past years. For more details visit the Exercises page.

Previous subscription owners of Strides Exercises still have a pe...

Tutorial 6 – First Fence in a Course


The first fence in a course is one that should be the least influential fence in the course and the one a course designer must get right. Jump 1 should set horse and rider combinations up for the challenges later in the course. It should be the easiest fence in the course but still in touch with the fences that are to come. Horses tend to be a little sluggish earlier in the course, so number 1 should be a fence a rider can ride forward to, to get the horse going forward and confidently.

Traditionally it is good practice to set the first fence going heading towards the In/Out Gate. By headin...

Line distances – Imperial vs Metric


Over years in the sport of jumping, I have used both Imperial and Metric measurements for measuring distances between jumps. As a rider when pacing out distances, I had always used Imperial. It was easy to standardise 12’ or even easier 4 yards per stride. 6’ (2 yards) is accounted for landing and another 6’ (2 yards) for take-off. Calculating the number of strides is relatively simple, count the number of paces down a line, take 4 away for landing and take-off and then divide by 4. A similar approach can be done in feet by multiplying each step by 3 if using feet. Using imperial measure...

Tutorial 4 Balanced corners


Now that you have your jumps positioned allowing three strides following and approaching as well as a minimum 20m turn, it is good practice to set your jumps in line. See previous tutorials if you have not read them yet. By setting the jumps in line with each other is not only visually appealing but it also promotes good riding. See picture 1 on how two jumps line up. When designing in Strides Course Design 2021 there is a thin black line showing the line of the highlighted fence in relat...

Balanced corner showing jumps in line
Second fence behind the first
Oxer in front of first fence making the corner too difficult
Setting the second fence as a vertical or skinny oxer makes this corner rideable






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