This blog is concerning teaching a English Foxhound jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps should I start with?” You can’t ever have enough single jumps to learn agility. One suitable starting point is 4 jumps. This is the least quantity of jumps recommended.
Teaching Your English Foxhound jumping: Start with Four
You can teach your English Foxhound many drills, skills, and exercises with 4 jumps. 4 jumps will allow you to develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and work on handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your English Foxhound jumping left and right. You can be out of the box and send your English Foxhound or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps could be positioned in a horizontal line, so you can practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach Your English Foxhound 8 Jumps
Take the next step and work on 8 jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with one starter jump. You’ve now multiplied the number of exercises that you can try with your English Foxhound. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and quantity of jumps. You could also setup your jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. This setup also enables you to work on a variety of skills.
Teach a English Foxhound Double and Triple Jumps
The next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump. You could set two or three single jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jumps in your course work is really helpful to practice. We’ve seen several English Foxhounds run a flawless course and the final obstacle is a triple and the English Foxhound is not ready for it, and bang, down goes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about English Foxhounds.
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