Finding A Distance

Balmoral TV, Exercise

Episode summary

In this episode, Traci Brooks works with Kaitlyn Van Konynenburg to answer a common question, “Finding A Distance With My Show Jumping Horse”.

Traci illustrates a target box where you want to aim your horse’s front feet prior to the jump.

This box can be placed closer or further from the jump based on the height of the jump.

You don’t start thinking about the box until you and your horse are about five to six strides away.

You can then understand better, how to support your horse off the ground based on where you land in the box.

It’s important to establish pace, rhythm and straightness.

This training exercise can be done at various level, including poles on the ground.


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ABout Balmoral

Balmoral provides world-class hunter, jumper and equitation training out of two locations in Southern California.

Traci and Carleton Brooks have a lifetime of experience with horses, an extensive teaching and training background and a keen ability to match horses and riders and produce results. They share an appreciation and respect for horses, and in addition to their training skills they are also well known for their high standard of horse care and attention to detail.

Together they’ve trained and produced numerous National Champions such as Penn Square, Ragtime Cowboy, Triton Z, Wish List, Sleepwalk, Virtue and Corallie. They are also well known for bringing riders from beginners to National Champions. Together they have trained horses and riders to numerous championship at shows such as The Pennsylvania National Horse Show, The Washington International Horse Show, The National Horse Show, Devon, Junior Hunter Finals and International Derby Finals.