06-08-2010, 11:56 PM
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I think a combination of the two should work. The horse is going to have no need to see confidence in jumps they're used to, and just "getting over" random jumps won't do. You need to teach the horse that if you're legging on and looking forward and feel confident in your seat then the jump is okay, no matter what dollar store junk you throw on it!
I did this with my horse, and no matter how confident we both were, she was scared ****less of this one bit of shiny streamer on a jump and would always take it a foot higher than it was. Led to a fall. Sometimes, you just can't predict horses. You can try really hard, but they will always have a bit of unpredictability in them.