Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: ~*~ NEBRASKA ~*~
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.