This blog is concerning teaching the Stephens Cur jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “How many jumps should I start with?” You can never have too many single jumps to learn agility. A good starting point is 4 jumps. This is the absolute minimum number of jumps suggested.
How to Teach a Stephens Cur to jump: Begin with Four
You can teach a Stephens Cur a multitude of exercises, drills, and skills with four jumps. Four jumps will let you develop on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can position a “box” with your jumps and practice handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Stephens Cur jumping right and left. You can be out of the box and send your Stephens Cur or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be staged in a horizontal row, so you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach the Stephens Cur Eight Jumps
Take the next step and work on 8 jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with one introductory jump. You’ve now increased your routines that you can try with your Stephens Cur. Your jump grids can be of typical size and quantity of jumps. You could even position your jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This setup also allows you to work on a variety of skills.
Teaching the Stephens Cur Double and Triple Jumps
The next step 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 especially helpful to work on. We’ve seen many Stephens Curs run a clean course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Stephens Cur is not equipped to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Stephens Curs.
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