This article is about teaching your Talbot jumping for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps should I begin with?” You can never have enough solo jumps to practice agility. A good starting point is 4 jumps. This is the fewest count of jumps that we recommend.
How to Teach a Talbot jumping: Start with 4
You can teach the Talbot a multitude of drills, skills, and exercises with four jumps. Four jumps will allow you to work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can practice on a “box” with your jumps and work on collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Talbot jumping left and right. You could be out of the box and send your Talbot or you can handle from the inside of the box. Your jumps could be positioned in a lateral row, so that you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach a Talbot 8 Jumps
Take the next logical step and work on eight jumps. Now you can position two boxes with one starter jump. Now you’ve increased your exercises that you can work on with your Talbot. Your jump grids can be of suggested size and number of jumps. You could even position the 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 train a variety of drills.
Teaching a Talbot Double and Triple Jumps
Your next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You could position 2 or three solo 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 several Talbots run a flawless course and the final obstacle is a triple and the Talbot is not ready to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Talbots.
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