We all know how to measure fence height, right? A measuring stick, like a yard stick or some other such thing. But let’s get down into how we really measure fence height. I’ll break it up.
A Measuring Stick
The barn has a few sticks of PVC that have been measured, cut, and marked with fence heights. My barn uses these to measure fences at shows the barn hosts. So imagine a white PVC dowel with heights from 2′ to 3’9″ marked in permanent marker. Can’t mess that up.
I’m not kidding. I roughly know where certain fence heights hit me on my body, like low hip, above the hip, high waist … I had a higher confidence in the heights when I more frequently set jumps for people, but I am still a pretty good judge of it. Low hip/below the hip is 3′, just above the hip is 3’6″ … I need to figure out where the metric heights hit me. This makes me wonder if anyone uses their horse’s body? Like if you are your own ground person and you’re setting jumps with your horse hanging out next to you–I do this with Eli all the time but I haven’t thought about scaling to his anatomy.
Marked Jump Standards
I love these things! I first encountered them at a place in San Antonio. The trainer had all her standards marked at the 3’6″ hole with a green dot. That actually went a long way to help me judge fence heights.
Taking Your Trainer’s Word For It
Because why wouldn’t you believe your trainer when he or she tells you the fences are 3′? (Although I think at one point I specifically instructed my trainer to tell me any fences between 2’9″ and 3’6″ were 3′ so I would stop caring … that was a while ago though with a different horse.
Maybe you are that good at judging fence height from years of experience! Maybe you’re confident you can approximate the height by counting the jump cup pin holes (I’m not). I can take an educated guess on fence height, but it’s no substitute for a measuring stick. If something comes up to your ground person’s waist, it’s obviously not 4’6″, unless of course your ground person is over 8′ tall. You can look at that and say, hey, yeah, that’s about 3’3″. Right?