Last Updated on March 29, 2022 by Allison Price
Bounce fences can be a great tool for both horse and rider. If you are planning to cross country, they will prove to be a valuable addition to your horse’s riding.
These fences don’t have non-jumping steps between them. The horse will land with his front feet on one fence and then pick up the reins to move for the second fence just as his hind feet touch it.
These fences require a horse to be more agile in his shoulders, pick up his front legs with precision and use his hindlegs better. Horses need to be more athletic and powerful and must think faster.
After a horse has jumped bounce fences, he will be able to jump cross-country fences like drops and steps.
If your horse is familiar with jumping grids, you can introduce your horse bounce fences to him. You should make your first bounce fence small so that your horse can learn what it is like. One bounce could be introduced into a grid, eg from a small cross-pole to a small vertical. Unless they are very small, the distance between bounce fences should not exceed 12ft
Before you add more fences to your horse’s bounce area, make sure they are comfortable jumping between them. The exercise can be strenuous, especially as the fence height rises.