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  • First time jumping in a horse show?

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    10-25-2008, 03:47 AM
2 Questions: first time to jump at show

I'm thinking of entering a small jumping class at a fun show. We really only do a little jumping at home, so I don't really know how to estimate heights and such.

How high are these block things on their tallest setting (like in photo)? I don't want to enter a class higher than that because that's what we're used to!

Also, I've been working on my release over fences and I find that I kind of rub my hands along my horse's mane. What happens when you have hunter braids in there? How can you run your hands up smoothly?
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    10-25-2008, 11:02 AM
I believe they are about 15" or 18" max.
    10-25-2008, 11:03 PM
We had those blocks at my old barn they were about 2'... but I can't really tell if they're the same ones without anything to compare them to in the picture. I would bring a ruler the next time you go out and just measure it to be safe.

I'm 99.9% sure your hunter braids won't interfere with your release. Especially since you'll be in the show ring, you'll probably be too concentrated to even feel them rub against your gloves. ;)
    10-25-2008, 11:18 PM
Re: the braids... when you release it should be along the crest of the neck, not the mane, so slightly lower... that will eliminate the problem. Secondly, the release is just a release, it's not supposed to be used for balance, so there should only be minimal contact with the neck, so the braids shouldn't interfere.

best of luck!
    10-26-2008, 08:54 PM
I have some of those blocks and they are about 2'
    10-27-2008, 11:11 AM
Green Broke
Are those from the "Block Training System"? If so, set up at their highest like they are now should be exactly 2ft. (15 in set on their side and 9 in when flat... if I remember correctly )

Braids won't affect your ability to release... but if you push your hands too hard I imagine they will make make the braids more fuzzy and crooked.
    10-30-2008, 08:05 AM
Hey I don't have much to post apart from GO for it , its alot of fun, and for me to say that is a big thing as I am terrified of any competition XD. But last season I did a jumping comp and I loved it so much that im going for one next week. We also use those block but I have no idea about the height XD

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