Discussion # 19: Let's discuss the infamous fence 9 at this years Rolex 3 Day Event!
publication date: Apr 30, 2012
This combination caused a significant amount of trouble this weekend! 9A is the vertical fence in the front of the picture. The ground slopes down considerably on landing, and 9B is a ditch one stride away. The ditch is really down low in the hollow.....more so than the average Coffin jump - even for this level. It is, however, not a big or deep ditch. There is then a slight turn with approximately three strides to 9C, which is the brush arrowhead jump in the back of the picture. All three elements caused their fair share of problems, but 9C was probably the most problematic, with numerous runouts. Why do you think this jump caused so much trouble? What was causing the horses to run out at the C element? What do you think was the most important factor in determining whether 9C jumped well or resulted in a runout? In other words, what is the number one priority when you are trying to get your horse to jump a skinny jump like an arrowhead? (Click on Discussion Title above (in blue) to read this educational discussion)
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