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        12-15-2013, 08:20 PM
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    Green Broke
    Adding jumps to our Dressage regime

    Today a bunch of barn friends set up some "fun" jumps to play around with. We had a 5 jump course all of 1 foot or less jumps. I think 1 may have been 1.5 cross rails. Cinny loved it so much and he really paid attention today once we started over the fences. During warm up he became anxious, grinding his teeth and didn't want to work, but after 2 fences his work ethic came back and he began going through his back and carrying himself well. WE succeeded in the full 5 rail course several times. Not once did he refuse ANYTHING, even when I wasn't exactly the best in the saddle.

    So now I am thinking of adding in some low jumps to our workout at least once a week. He seems to like them so much and he rides so much better with them. Is there any special boots or equipment I should use as we work more with them? I currently have SMB II's that I put on the fore. He also does okay with polo wraps. Is this enough, or should we get something else, especially if we decide to move up to higher fences? I just want to make sure Cinny is safe. He hasn't even nicked a rail yet, but you never know.
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        12-15-2013, 08:26 PM
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    Showing
    I would use brushing boots.. polo wraps aren't ideal to use whilst jumping. Brushing boots aren't really made for jumping either but it should be fine with small crossrails..
         
        12-15-2013, 08:47 PM
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    Showing
    If you move up to bigger fences, please work with a trainer.

    As far as boots? Open front is best, you *want* him to feel if he rubs a rail with his front legs. SMBs/closed front of course protect the entire leg and since hitting a rail doesn't hurt, horses can be encouraged to become sloppy.
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        12-15-2013, 08:56 PM
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    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
    If you move up to bigger fences, please work with a trainer.
    Don't worry, I wouldn't go there without a great trainer. I haven't been over a fence since 1993 and I am horrible, Cinny is not experienced. We both would be in trouble if we tried to do more without a trainer.

    For now a friend at my barn who travels to different states to compete cross country is giving me some guidance as to what I can do to keep his confidence up and for us to find our "rhythm" together and be balanced. She has a few junior students that she is in the process of training who do well so I think I'll take the free advice. We are currently just using the low stuff to help with our balance and team work. But we both liked it so much, it may become the new direction I have been looking for.
         
        12-15-2013, 09:51 PM
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    Yearling
    OH! Maybe you've just found the key to what you two needed!!!! Keep us posted!
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        12-15-2013, 10:11 PM
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    Yearling
    Ima huge believer in using small jupms / poles even with young / nervous horses to get them concentrating. To clarify poles for the really young ones only but even at 4 they can step over a pole propped on a tire.

    Makes them think about what they're doing.
         
        12-16-2013, 08:25 AM
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    Trained
    How fun! My horse also enjoys some work with trot and canter poles. Suddenly the same exercises become much more interesting when loss are involved.
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        12-17-2013, 12:12 PM
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    Green Broke
    Thank you everybody for the suggestions. I think I'm going to just keep them at 1 foot or less for a while unless I decide to go for hunter/jumper and get a trainer. What are your opinions on bell boots? Should I get bell boots? What kind of bell boots? I already know that that Pro Choice ballistic boots do NOT fit him at all, do the plain old school rubber protect enough when he taps a rail? I just want to make sure I do what I can to keep him sound. He has never taken a lame step in his life and I would like to keep him that way.
         
        12-17-2013, 07:18 PM
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    Green Broke
    If your horse doesn't over reach you shouldn't need bell boots at this level. I'd use whatever boots you have, just brushing boots. Not polo wraps though.

    Things I like for jumping and flat work is setting up two or three jumps or poles at set distances. You can practice adding and subtracting strides for the distance, so riding normally, collecting or extending. Or using a small jump or pole as the centre of a figure eight, at a canter it can be used to as your lead change too.
         
        12-17-2013, 09:01 PM
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    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Saskia    
    If your horse doesn't over reach you shouldn't need bell boots at this level. I'd use whatever boots you have, just brushing boots. Not polo wraps though.

    Things I like for jumping and flat work is setting up two or three jumps or poles at set distances. You can practice adding and subtracting strides for the distance, so riding normally, collecting or extending. Or using a small jump or pole as the centre of a figure eight, at a canter it can be used to as your lead change too.
    That's one thing I want to accomplish for 2014...flying lead changes. So far we have a fairly nice simple change for the most part. Sometimes he gets excited and rushes it. I've asked for a flying change with mixed results. 75% of the time he will change the fore but not the hind. 20% of the time he won't do anything and 5% he will slow and do a simple. I'm hoping that adding an obstacle will help and I have a trainer helping me to learn WHEN to ask to ensure I am asking at the correct point in his stride.
         

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