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post #1 of 14 Old 06-07-2010, 04:57 AM Thread Starter
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Those "Scary" Show Jumping Jumps.

Hey.

I took Chinga to our first eventing competiton the other day and the SJ jumps with the fills got to him so badly and we got eliminated. So now we are going to be doing HEAPS of work with fills, ect. But would love some ideas and hints for getting over them.

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post #2 of 14 Old 06-07-2010, 11:22 AM
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Our barn has jump painted neon orange with a big pointy sun on the side of it - most show jumps are not too bad compared with that. Do lots of practice with "over the top" scary jumps.
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Make up the craziest scariest jumps you could think of at home , get some random things together . Go to the dollarstore and buy some of those fake flowers and anything really. Start out by letting him go up and sniff them , play with them if he wants to . Maybe let him free around the ring so he can go to them on his own comfort level. Then ride him to the jump at a walk and let him look at them then a trot and canter and so on :)

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I agree with above post.

Get lots of brightly colored, insane looking jumps and desensitize him to those at the barn. My mare Annie had that same problem for a while.

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post #5 of 14 Old 06-07-2010, 01:26 PM
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I like to put a tarp over the jump or even a horse blanket or jacket. A lot of horses are spooky at that

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I agree with the other posts. Make the horse's home experience scarier than the show experience. That way, he will get used to the home jumps and not be so spooky at the show jumps.

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at the stables we have a white fill plank with scary eyes on it, it scares me, let alone the horses!
My horse is the same with fillers, we have some at home so I put them together and led him though them on the ground, it helped actually!
Also try very, very small ones to ride over, then work you way up. If Chinga stops let him have a good look at it, then ride him away positively and really ride him over it the second time :)

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Thanks guys. Im going to hopefully create some scary jumps this weekend,
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I'm going to disagree with the other posters.

There is no way you can imitate everything your horse will encounter at the show. Even the same thing you practiced over at home will look different and much like a horse eating monster in a different environment.

I think what matters most is building trust between the two of you so that he is confident in your decision to ride the jump. You need to learn how to become an effective and supportive rider and help Chinga and support him to EVERY fence.

I don't have ANY jumps at home and the only time I jump apart from competition is once a month at PC - And we have no fill. Yet I take my horses to SJ competitions and they go over even the scariest jumps.

The key is that I have worked on teaching my horses that they can trust me not to put them in a dangerous situation, and I support them with my seat, leg, and rein all the way to the base of each jump. I have also taught them that even if they are worried, they need to keep moving in the same direction and at the same speed and nothing will happen.

The work I do out on the trail to avoid spooks is the basis of how we perform in the SJ ring.

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I'm going to disagree with the other posters.

There is no way you can imitate everything your horse will encounter at the show. Even the same thing you practiced over at home will look different and much like a horse eating monster in a different environment.

I think what matters most is building trust between the two of you so that he is confident in your decision to ride the jump. You need to learn how to become an effective and supportive rider and help Chinga and support him to EVERY fence.

I don't have ANY jumps at home and the only time I jump apart from competition is once a month at PC - And we have no fill. Yet I take my horses to SJ competitions and they go over even the scariest jumps.

The key is that I have worked on teaching my horses that they can trust me not to put them in a dangerous situation, and I support them with my seat, leg, and rein all the way to the base of each jump. I have also taught them that even if they are worried, they need to keep moving in the same direction and at the same speed and nothing will happen.

The work I do out on the trail to avoid spooks is the basis of how we perform in the SJ ring.
Well said.

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