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  • If you show jump at a lower height in a competition when you can choose your height are there time faults
  • Really nervous to jump 3ft in a show

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    07-19-2008, 09:49 AM

Okay so this will be my first time jumping 3 foot with my horse. Our show is next week and my horse has never done 3 foot in his life before. Right now we are working on like 2'6 easily. We have done limited 2'9 before but with some refusals. We are doing pretty well all in all though. Okay so I have next week, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday to learn it. And I have another lesson coming up. Do you think we will be ready. I kinda think we will because my horse picks up on things very quickly and he loves jumping. Any first time tips? I am not really nervous I just would like to know any tips that like you wish you knew when jumping in a show. I am really really sorry if this is posted in the wrong topic, I'm new here and since it had to do mostly with jumping 3 foot at a horse show I put it under showing.
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    07-21-2008, 07:34 PM
Green Broke
A lot of that depends on your horse, but I'd be a little leery of pushing a horse that quickly. There is a huge mental difference for your horse between 2"6 to 3", even from 2"9 to 3"0. You also have to remember that there's probably going to be at least a little nervousness just from being at the show period, and you want jumping a new height to be a positive experience for your horse so he can gain confidence.
    07-23-2008, 12:00 AM
As a very general rule, you should always show 3" lower than what you school regularly at home. It may not end up being a big deal, but pushing yourself and your horse to do a height you have very limited experience over does not sound like the best plan. I would stick with what you know and start practicing higher for the following show...
    08-11-2008, 07:07 PM
I wouldn't you're not secure enough at 2'9.. don't do it for reasons of the safety of you and your horse.
    08-11-2008, 08:28 PM
Agreed with the training higher than you compete! Also its one thing to say you can jump a 3 foot jump but a whole different thing to do a whole course at 3 feet. If he hasn't done it before I would recommend going into a lower class and doing something you both can be confident in and have a positive experience, rather than doing something for the first time and it ending in disaster! Goodluck!
    08-28-2008, 01:29 PM
If you've never jumped 3ft don't show at it. If your not comfortable at 2ft9 and your getting refusals you aren't going to be comfortable at 3ft and are probably going to get more refusals. Trust me, fences always look alot bigger at shows than they do at home. You would probably be best off competing 2ft3in to 2ft6in. Anyways its so much nicer when you can relax and not worry about the fence height, and just concentrate on getting a good round .
    08-29-2008, 04:34 AM
Why did you enter a class that you have never even schooled at before??
    08-29-2008, 08:19 PM
I would talk to your trainer about that. I have done that before. But I know my horse. And I worked on it a few days before the show, then schooled it at the show. I would do a lower class just in case. And see how he does, if he doesnt do well then you can drop the 3ft class. Be very carefull

2'9 looks alot smaller than 3'

Good luck
    09-03-2008, 06:47 AM
That is wayyyy not enough time to learn. You need to practise higher than you show- im planning to go to a show and I have to jump a D grade and ungraded competition because my horse is D graded, so that's a starting height between 90cm and 1m10m, and I've been told not to go if I can;t confidently jump 1m20 with him at home.
I've started 1m20, and trust me it is a HUGE difference to 1m10,altho its only 10cm

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