This post is about how to teach your Harrier jumping for agility. Often we are asked, “What number of jumps is best to start with?” You can never have too many solo jumps to teach agility. One good starting point is 4 jumps. This is the fewest number of jumps suggested.
Teaching a Harrier to jump: Start with Four
You can teach a Harrier a variety of exercises, drills, and skills with four jumps. 4 jumps will allow you to work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can setup a “box” with your jumps and practice handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your Harrier jumping right and left. You can be out of the box and send your Harrier or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be staged in a lateral line, so you can practice serpentines and threadles.
Teach the Harrier 8 Jumps
Take the next step and work on 8 jumps. Now you can setup two boxes with one starter jump. Now you’ve multiplied the number of drills that you can try with your Harrier. Your jump grids can be of recommended size and quantity of jumps. You can even setup the jumps in a circle with the jump bars normal to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This setup also allows you to train a variety of skills.
Teaching the Harrier Double and Triple Jumps
Your next step is a double jump and a triple jump. You can 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 Harriers run a perfect course and the last obstacle is a triple and the Harrier is not equipped for it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Harriers.
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