Fun/Challenging Medium Sized Practice Courses
01 Jan 2022
I met some friends for a practice session and came up with a fun and challenging sequence based on the layout of the existing equipment. We wanted to work on a few things:
- Weave/tunnel discriminations
- Weave entrance/exits
- Serpentines Serpentine SequenceSerpentine Handling Techniques
- Threadles Mary Ellen Barry on Threadle HandlingThe Connection Between Threadles and Back SidesThreadle SequenceSingle Sided Threadle HandlingTraditional Threadle Handling
- Blind crosses
- Layering weaves.
This layout/dimensions are from my faulty memory so always check equipment distances/locations for safety! You can always spread out the obstacles if you have more space: just some more running on your part!
If you don’t have an A Frame it should be easy to reuse that tunnel and modify the ending of the sequences.
Here are some handling notes/challenges:
- Forward send 3-4 and blind cross the end of the waves.
- Blind cross between 3 and the weave entrance worked wonderfully to put dog on left and into the weaves (and not in the tunnel) if you can be in position.
- Send to tunnel 2. Can you run along the right side of the weaves (layering jumps 9/12 and 3/8/11/14) and get your cross before the weaves?
- Send to tunnel 2. Can you run along the left side of the weaves (layering the weaves) and get your dog in the weaves?
- Supporting the back side Handling the Quad Back Side - Patrick Bucher Course/VideoThe Connection Between Threadles and Back SidesBack Side/Back Side JumpBack Side of Jump Handling Combinations - Video at 6 and being out of the dog’s way, as you converge on their line, to direct them to tunnel 7 caused some dropped bars.
- Threadle 8-9 was tough with the dogs blasting out of the tunnel and the short distance to jump 8.
- Push to back side to front cross Learning the Front Cross - VideoFront Cross at jump 11 to put the dog on right worked nicely.
- Definitely turn your dog right at jump 14 to give a safe approach to 15. It’s good practice for a rear cross Learning the Rear CrossRear Cross jump wrap or a Ketschker/Jaako/throw back.
Here are two more sequences for the same obstacle layout. I dreamt these up at home, so no promises on their difficulty 😝.
I hope you’ll set these up and conquer the challenges!
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