Teach a Mcnab Jumping for Agility

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Teach Your Mcnab to Jump for AgilityThis post is concerning teaching a Mcnab to jump for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps should I start with?” You can’t ever have enough single jumps to teach agility. One good starting place is four jumps. This is the absolute minimum number of jumps recommended.

Teaching Your Mcnab to jump: Begin with Four

You can teach a Mcnab many exercises, drills, and skills with four jumps. Four jumps will let you work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can practice on a “box” with your jumps and practice handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Mcnab jumping left and right. You could be outside the box and send your Mcnab or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be positioned in a horizontal row, so you can practice serpentines and threadles.

Teach the Mcnab Eight Jumps

Go to the next step and practice 8 jumps. Now you can position two boxes with 1 introductory jump. You’ve now multiplied your exercises that you can try with your Mcnab. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and quantity of jumps. You can even position the jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This pattern also allows you to develop a variety of drills.

Teaching Your Mcnab Double and Triple Jumps

The next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You can position 2 or 3 solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is extremely valuable to practice. We’ve seen several Mcnabs run a perfect course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Mcnab is not ready for it, and bang, down comes the bar.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Mcnabs.

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