Nothing is more heartbreaking in an otherwise clear jumping round than to have the last fence down. Top young competitor Kara Chad of Calgary, AB, explains why it happens so often, and how to prevent it. Although the height and placement of the last fence varies for each course, there always seems to be an intimidating factor about it, especially if you are on your way to a clear round! It is the course designer’s last opportunity to catch both the horse and rider at their most fatigued point on course. There are many techniques that the course designer can use for the last fence that increase its level of difficulty: they can set a huge, wide, square and scary-looking oxer that can intimidate both the horse and rider, or they can use an extremely tall, flimsy and delicate vertical that requires tremendous intelligence from the horse to jump clear.…
Subscription Upgrade RequiredUpgrade your subscription now for full access or register to continue reading.
Subscribers: enter the email and password connected to your subscription.
First time logging in?
Not a subscriber yet?
Click here to see our print and digital subscription offers that include full access to all Horse-Canada.com articles.
Subscribe now and enjoy full access to Horse-Canada.com
Your All-Access Digital Subscription includes unlimited access to all Horse-Canada.com articles as well as a digital subscription to each issue of Horse Sport, Horse Canada, and Canadian Thoroughbred.
Get full access to Horse-Canada.com including all articles from Horse Sport, Horse Canada, Canadian Thoroughbred, and The Canadian Horse Annual.
Read the digital editions of Horse Sport, Horse Canada, Canadian Thoroughbred, and The Canadian Horse Annual.
copyright © horse-canada.com 2014