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    06-27-2010, 04:21 PM
How to prepare for bigger competitions

My gelding and I are only showing up to 3ft6, that's the max height at our local shows. With my coach we have schooling up to 4ft, but have done one 4ft3 and one 4ft6 jump. My gelding and I recently just did a 4ft3 jump at home and he did great. He has the potential to probably show up to 4ft9 with more work.

He isnt afraid of much, his first show of this season, he was a bit worried about some of the colors of the jumps but did jump them without a fuss.
But I know there is going to be a jump at a bigger competition, (spruce meadows, thunderbird, southlands etc...) that he will NOT like. How do I prepare him and myself for jumps/events like this? I have lessons about 3 times a month, and I ride almost everyday at home.

Recently, my gelding and I have been placing very well at some schooling shows, he's new to showing as well, we have places 1st in 2ft9, 3ft3, and 3ft6 and he got his first 3rd in 2ft9. I am proud of how well we did! All I'd like to know is how to prepare him for these bigger classes and more interesting looking jumps.

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    06-27-2010, 04:25 PM
Green Broke
Make more interesting jumps at home! :) maybe put a tarp on one jump, and a bunch of fancy hats on another, and maybe put scarecrows on another... stuff like that. :) I would jsut get him used to as much as I can, get him to trust you going over those scary jumps :)
    06-27-2010, 04:31 PM
Thank you, would have never thought of scarecrows!
    06-27-2010, 04:38 PM
Green Broke
Haha I wouldnt of either if I hadnt been sitting there thinking of scary things for horses! So thank YOU, because if I hadnt posted I wouldnt hae thought of them either,haha so I am not off to the barn to scare my horse with a scarecrow! Haha ;)
    06-27-2010, 07:04 PM
Haha that sounds awesome! I think i'll make some really scary scarecrows soon!

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