Originally Posted by RunningJumpingHorses
I'm new to this sport and I have a few questions.
What is the white stuff on some event horses legs?
Should you use rear boots for your horse or is ok to not on the lower levels?
I've seen some people trot at part of a cross country course for break, is it ok to do that?
How should you present yourself in each class like velvet helmet for dressage or not? And all decked out for show jumping or no?
If your horse is new to cross country and your eventing BN level, what are some of the scary jumps to work on?
If you could answer these that's be AWESOME!!! Thanks everyone!!
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Basically its crisco on the horses legs. Upper level eventers apply it to help prevent injury when the horses legs brush over a fence.
I prefer having boots on all 4 legs as protection should they knock a fence.
A trot break cross country is usually done if you are ahead of the time allowed as there are penalty points if you come in under time allowed as well as over. Also there are points through a course where sometimes trotting is required should the footing be iffy or you need to regroup.
For dressage you should have your black helmet(if you only have a skull cap you can get a black cover for dressage) your black show coat, breeches, field boots, show blouse etc...
Cross country you can have a coloured helmet cover, your polo shirt, vest, breeches etc...
Stadium should be your black helmet, show coat, blouse etc...
BN usually is just simple logs on the ground, possibly a small brush box. Its pretty straight forward. As for what to school over, you should have a trainer to help you with that as its not something you want to try without coaching
Welcome to the addicting world of eventing!