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Single Fence Conundrum

Whether you are faced with a long run to a single vertical or a single oxer, “everything is connected” says top rider and coach Erynn Ballard. “I think when you have more room and more time to get to a jump, it’s much easier to make a bigger mistake. People identify ‘finding a distance’ as their biggest issue, but in order to find a distance, several factors have to come into play. The components of a good approach to a single fence are practiced and perfected individually.” Eye control A teaching tool I use a lot is what I call a ‘magic distance finder.’ I was always trained that you look at the centre of the front pole to find a distance, and that remains the basis of my system. I use whatever is in the ring – a jump cup, flower, or my riding glove – and I rest…

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