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        03-07-2013, 11:48 AM
      #21
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by hisangelonly    
    I guess I am just so afraid he will stop and I will fly forward! Or that he will duck out of it. But like I said I try to think fun fun fun! Haha. Or I try to sing a song to calm my mind down. It's so neat how they feed off the riders energy. Sometimes that energy just isn't the best lol. Do you have your 20 year old on any joint supplements?
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    I am going to be starting her on sinuex I think, but she hasn't needed anything until recently. Smartpak does a thing where you enter your horses info and it will recommend stuff to you. So I have been looking at a few things from there. I haven't decided on what I am putting her on yet.
         
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        03-07-2013, 11:52 AM
      #22
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by albertaeventer    
    Going faster usually makes any problem worse in my experience.
    I would have agreed with this until I came along my mare... she flat out refuses to jump anything from a trot. I have tried everything you can imagine and then some. After a few different clinics it was decided that she just prefers to jump out of a canter. However I also have the ability to use my seat and know how to rate her stride. At a canter she will jump anything you point her at.

    Such a strange creature she is... she is lucky she is cute *eyeroll*
         
        03-07-2013, 11:54 AM
      #23
    Foal
    Shoes with a toe grab? Like these ones? : https://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&t...a%20toe%20grab

    Those shoes probably aren't the greatest for jumping/eventing. They're more commonly used on racehorses running on a very consistent surface, not regular riding horses that go over all different footing and surfaces. The advantage with getting holes drilled and using studs is you can adjust the grip depending on what footing you're riding on. You don't want your horse to slip but having too much grip is very hard on their legs and can cause injuries. That's why eventers don't use shoes with built in grip, it's much safer to just use plain shoes and put in whatever studs you need. You can ask your farrier about what would be best though.
         
        03-07-2013, 11:56 AM
      #24
    Green Broke
    Most of the "grip shoes" are not for eventing. The best is either barefoot or corks.
         
        03-07-2013, 11:59 AM
      #25
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by NBEventer    
    I would have agreed with this until I came along my mare... she flat out refuses to jump anything from a trot. I have tried everything you can imagine and then some. After a few different clinics it was decided that she just prefers to jump out of a canter. However I also have the ability to use my seat and know how to rate her stride. At a canter she will jump anything you point her at.

    Such a strange creature she is... she is lucky she is cute *eyeroll*
    Of course every horse is different, haha. My mare prefers to jump out of the canter as well, but I like to still jump out of a trot a lot because it's good practice and a lot of times on cross country I'll drop down to a trot when I introduce a new or funky jump. Going slower gives them more time to look at what they're doing, then jump, instead of just gunning it and the horse puts on the brakes at the last second because they don't know where to put their feet.

    Every horse definitely has their preference though, haha:)
         
        03-07-2013, 11:59 AM
      #26
    Yearling
    Yes like those. Oh okay well then I don't want to make it hard on him. I will ask about the studs and see what he says. He probably has them with him. Lol. He will jump things at a trot so I guess I'll just stick with the trot until he gets it lol
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        03-07-2013, 12:01 PM
      #27
    Yearling
    Lol I guess your mare says fast or not at all! Lol
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        03-07-2013, 12:06 PM
      #28
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by hisangelonly    
    Yes like those. Oh okay well then I don't want to make it hard on him. I will ask about the studs and see what he says. He probably has them with him. Lol. He will jump things at a trot so I guess I'll just stick with the trot until he gets it lol
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    The toe grabs put a lot of torque and stress on their legs, which you don't want with your guy. If you can't get stud holes and use studs, just regular plain horse shoes should be fine for what you want to do. Lots of people don't worry about using studs until they get to novice, they take a while to get the hang of putting them in, and to learn which ones to use in which conditions.

    Just regular shoes would be fine, and like I said, you'd just have to be aware that he might find some footing a little bit more slippery than aan unshod horse. I evented one of my horses with just front shoes doing beginner novice and didn't use studs, and he was perfectly fine and never slipped.
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        03-07-2013, 12:09 PM
      #29
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by albertaeventer    
    The toe grabs put a lot of torque and stress on their legs, which you don't want with your guy. If you can't get stud holes and use studs, just regular plain horse shoes should be fine for what you want to do. Lots of people don't worry about using studs until they get to novice, they take a while to get the hang of putting them in, and to learn which ones to use in which conditions.

    Just regular shoes would be fine, and like I said, you'd just have to be aware that he might find some footing a little bit more slippery than aan unshod horse. I evented one of my horses with just front shoes doing beginner novice and didn't use studs, and he was perfectly fine and never slipped.
    Okay cool. Also about how much does it cost to compete? I mean on average how much will be spent on one day
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        03-07-2013, 12:11 PM
      #30
    Yearling
    And can you use any color tack
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