, also called a no-stride, is a fence sometimes found on the cross-country course of eventing
. It is also very commonly used in grid-work or gymnastics. It consists of two fences placed close together so the horse can not take a full stride between them, but not so close that the horse would jump both fences at once. The horse "bounces" between the two jumps, landing with his hind legs before immediately taking off with his front legs. The distance between the two usually is 7-8 feet for small ponies, 9 feet for large ponies or small horses, and 9.5 to 11 feet for horses. A bounce (or several can be used in a row for more advanced horses) teaches the horse good balance, to push off with his hind end, and to fold his front end well. It can also be used to slow down a speedy horse, as a horse can not go flying over a bounce (he will knock a rail) as he could with a single jump.