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    07-13-2011, 07:38 AM
Green Broke
Oops, first time jumping on grass didn't go so well

So, we qualified for the 'surface saver' championships in September but that was in an arena... This was our first time jumping (competitively) on grass and it didn't go to well for a number of reason I suppose.
He was more excited and there were plenty more distractions. I wasn't feeling my best so maybe he didn't trust me as much as he usually does. He loves jumping but isn't the most confident. Any advice?

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    07-13-2011, 08:06 AM
Talk to your farrier about shoing him for grass?
    07-13-2011, 10:09 AM
Green Broke
Thanks, I thought about it. It wasn't wet or anything and if it rained on the day I wouldn't have gone.
Maybe I should get some stud holes in for good measure :)
    07-13-2011, 04:11 PM
Yes, if you can afford the extra expense and maintenence of stud holes and studs, I think that's the best option. Your first video is an excellent advertisement for an all purpose grass stud.

Your poor horse - his hind feet clearly weren't staying where he expecting them to stay - must been very discourageing and disheartening for him.

What a good guy to keep attempting to jump in those circumstances.
    07-13-2011, 04:40 PM
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Looks like he just had a bad day and a case of "plant-itis". Meaning, he was just planting all fours. This could have been because both of you were tentative. When a rider is tentative, it sends a clear danger warning to the horse. The horse will lose their desire to "attack" the fence. When you detect this, I would focus on giving him a clear round and forget the time. Trot the course. The horse cannot plant all fours easily and is much more likely to jump.

If you were jumping higher fences, I would go with caulks (studs). But, they can be tough on a horse and a pain in the rear to maintain. You could ask your farrier about borium "spots" welded into the shoes. These are very effective when jumping the smaller fences and not so aggressive that a horse can't turn and pivot with them. One precaution....if he kicks, keep him separate. That borium is sharp.
    07-13-2011, 05:47 PM
Looks like he lost a bit of confidence after the first few slips. If you weren't feeling that confident it most definitely went to him as well.

When you say this is his first time on grass competitively, does that mean you have grass at home to practice on? If so, I'd set up a few jumps out on the grass at home to help him be more confident on the turf.

Studs, as mentioned above, would be something beneficial to look into as well. :)

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